The workplace can be a dangerous one, regardless of industry. Some of course, are more dangerous than others for a variety of reasons – logistics and stock control is no exception. Operating heavy machinery to move large cases and boxes lends itself to a more dangerous working environment than say, a florist. There are always inherent dangers in the logistics and shipping deliveries facets of the industry.
With such a vast and eclectic array of dangers that can exist on a typical worksite, we’ll use the art of container unloading as an example – and give some tips regarding it that can also be applicable across the board.
1. It’s All In The Placement
The first safety tip we can give surrounding successful container unloading is in the placement of the subsequent storage from the freighter. The safety of the placement is vital for the container unloading procedures or indeed any type of procedure that follows. If placed in a higher location it can lead to falling injury or damage to goods.
In a location where water and electricity are present, you’re also increasing the level of immediate danger for the one involved in the container unloading. A little bit of common sense and preparedness will go a long way in assuring that the immediate safety of anything, whether it be the location of the storge or any other tool that’s involved in the industry.
2. Equipment Matters
Safety equipment is an overlooked but vital aspect for container unloading, the usual hard-hat is a good start but not nearly enough to keep a protected working environment viable. The heavy machinery that is used for container unloading should also be up to scratch with considerations for weight distribution and reliability over time being principal factors in the planning process.
If you’re the foreman or manager in charge of the worksite where the container unloading is taking place, it’s your responsibility to ensure your workers are using up-to-date and maintained equipment for the procedures being done. If you’re a worker on-site, it’s always best to double and triple-check the integrity of your equipment before engaging in any heavy activities relating to container unloading.
3. Specialised Training Doesn’t Go Amiss
This is an often-overlooked factor in maintaining the safety of a worksite, especially with issues pertaining to heavy machine usage like cranes or forklifts – both of which are common in larger container unloading situations or any aspect of a logistics company. There are some companies that have specialised training as a prerequisite for the worksite, and others may only have partial coverage of the insurance essentials.
Taking the time to have a look through as much information as possible regarding the machines and procedures you’ll be involved with is a safety measure and tip we cannot steer you away from. This applies to any industry you find yourself in.
4. Slower Is Steadier
Of course, it’s always good to have the work done in a timely and concise manner. This doesn’t mean rushing through potentially hazardous conditions to meet unruly deadlines that are not realistic with safety as a concern. Too often there is pressure to rush through container unloading procedures without correct safety protocols present, we are here to say that – sometimes being a little slower and steadier can be a massive boost in terms of keeping you and your fellow workers safe.
These rules can be easily and readily applied across the board and not just to the procedures associated with container unloading. As always, stay safe and keep your head level.