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Safety in Warehouses – Accidents, Fires, and how to Remain Safe

When it comes to warehouse storage, at Krost we feel that safety is probably the most important aspect to consider. An unstable racking system can collapse without warning and if anyone is in the vicinity, lives are put in grave danger. However, even if you’re “lucky” enough to have your unsteady racking system collapse in the early hours of the morning when no one is around, you’re still looking at possibly millions of rand in damaged stock and premises.

Fire

Other than overloaded racking or shelves manufactured from sub-par materials, there are other dangers constantly lurking within any warehouse that businesses must be aware of, such as fire. It seems that every week there is another report on our local news about a factory fire that destroys everything. These fires can occur for a number of reasons, such as faulty machinery that sparks a fire, electrical apparatus and machinery, and equipment that makes use of heat and fire, such as welding machinery, blow torches, and metal angle grinders.

Keeping Safe

As we all know, there are a number of things we can do to ensure that our warehouses have the best protection. Some of these include:

Inspections

Rather than seeing inspectors as agents of darkness, we should rather view them as people who can make our premises safer. They come around to inspect for a very good reason – to ensure that no loss of life occurs due to negligence. If you do change anything in your warehouse, call in an inspector to make sure everything is okay.

Further to this, you should also make sure your fire protection equipment is inspected regularly to make sure it has not been tampered with and that the pressure is maintained at optimal levels.

Correct Storage

While some materials can be stored just about anywhere, others (such as aerosol cans or highly flammable materials) must be kept in specific locations, such as fire-proof cabinets, or rooms legally approved for such purposes. If you’re unsure about the storage requirements for your site, contact us today and we’ll advise you.

Training

Make sure that each member of your staff is properly trained in their jobs. Whether we’re talking about tradesmen using angle cutters, or forklift operators, these people need to be proficient in their jobs.

Safety Equipment

This one is a sensitive area for many people. Putting on personal protective equipment can be such a hassle and after many years of no accidents, many workers may feel that they don’t need it. But we never know when the day will come when our hands accidently slip or we carelessly forget to inspect a machine before operating it.

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