A safely stacked warehouse might seem like a straightforward proposition. If boxes aren’t falling over or starting to sway, they must not be overstacked, right? Unfortunately, some warehouses can find themselves putting their workers and stock in danger by overlooking some seemingly minor issues. Here is a look at some of the most common ones to keep an eye out for.
Incorrectly Stacked Loads
This might seem obvious, but the truth is that even if you’ve calculated just how high you can stack things, getting the arrangement exactly right is also vital. Block stacking can be appropriate for smaller items, but bigger items could need pinwheel or brick stacking depending on the item in question and how it will eventually be retrieved. Items with an irregular shape – for example, bagged materials – should be tapered into the form of a pyramid, while items of cylindrical shape need to be blocked in order to avoid rolling.
Warehouses must be completely marked up with floor tape or paint to indicate the allowable stacking height and physical location of items. This means employees won’t forget or ignore the rules, nor will they have to guess or get out of the forklift and measure. Just one employee having to estimate where to drop a load into a bay can have a ripple effect, with subsequent drivers having to compensate. This results in items being distributed unevenly and warehouse space being utilized inefficiently.
While most workplaces wouldn’t dream of ignoring a major spill, it’s the smaller things that tend to go unnoticed that can often lead to the biggest accidents. Whether it’s a loose cable, a single box in the wrong place, or a small spill, worker vigilance is needed to reduce the possibility of injuries. This is in addition to following the guidelines regarding dangerous and flammable items.
This blog post was based off an article from H&F Lift Trucks. View the original here.