Some workplaces are just as dangerous to pedestrians as crossing a busy street during rush hour. Forklifts, pallet jacks and other powerful machinery occupy aisles. Heavy freight is stacked to the ceiling nearby. Floors take on chemical spills and loose debris. Simply walking to the break room can be hazardous to one’s health.
But there are many ways facilities can improve pedestrian safety.
When it comes to pedestrian safety in the workplace, every risk comes with a solution.
Imagine a forklift flying around a blind corner at a high speed while carrying a huge load that obstructs the view of the driver. Noise from other operating equipment blocks that of the forklift, so nearby pedestrians don’t even hear it coming.
No, it’s not a scene from a scary movie. It’s the scene in many workplaces. In fact, 36% of all victims of forklift accidents are pedestrians.
Inventory is stacked high, and the shape of the product leads to uneven and unstable piles. Some of the pallets supporting these stacks are old. Heavy machinery passes by, and just one glancing blow from a pallet jack could send a stack of inventory tumbling to the floor below.
It’s happened, and it’s claimed the lives of store customers.
Liquids, powders and other slippery substances spill onto workplace floors from leaky or damaged inventory. Loose debris from packaging is left behind. Extra product and equipment are placed in aisles.
All of these things pose a threat to pedestrians. Slips, trips and falls make up around 20% of all workplace injuries.
At McCue, we design products to keep pedestrians safe in the workplace. Our collection of bollards, bumpers, barriers, rails and more are used by warehouses and retail stores everywhere to protect employees and customers alike.
Contact us today to see how you can improve pedestrian safety in your workplace.
EHS Today: http://ehstoday.com/forklift-safety/forklifts-and-pedestrians-do-not-mix-infographic
Biz Journals: http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2003/02/24/story2.html
Triumvirate Environmental: http://www.slideshare.net/TriumvirateEnvironmental/slips-trips-and-falls-infographic
Did you know that there are 23,000 on the job injuries every day, in the United States alone? Or that damage from forklift collisions often requires multiple, expensive repairs?
Download this guide to learn about ways to prevent these incidents and the consequences of failing to act.