It shouldn’t come as any surprise that a forklift is a dangerous piece of machinery. There are some pretty grim accident statistics to back up that notion. In reality, forklifts account for only 1% of all warehouse or factory accidents. But the accidents tend to be more serious than others, accounting for 10% of all physical injuries in those workplaces.
On recent site walks, our safety experts found plenty of examples where damaged steel barriers were no longer up to the job. Take a look below and if any of the pictures look familiar to you contact McCue to discuss ways to improve the safety and longevity of your barriers:
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When it comes to protecting your manufacturing facility and equipment from accidental damage and daily wear-and-tear, it's smarter to avoid myopic solutions. Though local steel barrier fabricators can provide an effective short-term damage and safety fix for your equipment, using steel for all of your preventative maintenance needs is no longer the most cost-effective or sustainable strategy.
Making the switch to modular protective products can improve your efficiency, protect the safety of your staff and revolutionize your maintenance efforts. Here's how:
Why should hindsight be 20/20 when foresight can be just as clear?
By studying the high-traffic areas in your facility and keeping abreast of accident trends in your industry, you can stay one-step ahead of most common (and frequently occurring) workplace accidents — and reduce your overall maintenance expenses.
Improving safety at your facility can often seem to be at odds with managing efficiency and keeping up with distribution volume. When all of the various moving pieces start to turn a little faster, it stands to reason that employee safety inherently becomes an even greater concern. But it doesn't have to be that way! Here are few injury prevention practices you can use to protect employees and assets in your facility, without sacrificing efficiency.
Is there a section in your facility that just constantly seems to generate problems? Or maybe it's a certain product in the warehouse that your maintenance team continuously needs to repair? When there's a consistent issue facing your facility, a facility manager's first instinct is to implement a solution to put a stop to it. But if the problem is larger than one off-the-shelf product can fix, in lieu of a complete redesign for that area of your facility, it's often tempting to have your team spin up a customized machine guarding solution and figure out a way to make it work.
But as with most quick fixes, in the long run it's best to get something done correctly from the get-go. Now, that doesn't have to mean complete redesign, but you should create a solution that's meant for asset protection, not one that's pieced together.
Developing a scalable, high-efficiency site is your bread and butter. And you work with your team on a daily basis to solve the big problems facing each facility. All in the hopes of what? You guessed it: lowering downtime and increasing profitability.
You can get something done fast and cheap, but it won't be high quality.
You can get something done cheap and well, but it's going to take a whole lot of time.
You can get something done well and fast, but it'll cost you.
And all three — good, fast and cheap? Keep dreaming.
If cleanliness is next to godliness, it’s safe to say your warehouse is not the holiest of places. The general upkeep of your warehouse is often the first thing a visitor will notice, but it can be hard to convince your employees of the importance of keeping things clean. Taking the time to show your employees the value of warehouse cleanliness will go a long way toward keeping your facility running smoothly. You can get started right away.