When people, heavy items, and machinery meet, there are bound to be accidents. A warehouse is a prime example of an environment where all three exist in close proximity. Managers must do everything in their power to ensure the site is safe. They can do this with regular reviews of traffic management plans. Then, they can install barrier systems in order to minimise hazards and risks as much as possible.

Traffic hazards

Efficiency in a warehouse depends on the flow of traffic. To ensure people can be in the right place at the right time they must be able to safely and quickly move around. In an ideal world, there would only be lightweight, slow moving equipment on the site to help with safety, but this is rarely the case. Forklifts tend to be vital for moving heavy loads and can be dangerous. Operations also often require employees to interact with heavy loads and machinery. For example, they might need to load goods onto pallets or unload items from trucks.

Hazards when completing tasks include:

  • Collisions with racks, machinery, or pallet stacks
  • Platforms, floors, and excavations at various heights
  • Exposed cylinders, columns, pipes, and tanks
  • Poor visibility at bends, junctions, and corners
  • Collisions with pedestrians

Great benefits from barrier systems

It is because of these risks and others that you should think about safety precautions. Barriers can be very helpful for minimising risks.

You can carry out risk assessments to see any areas where barriers might be beneficial. This will include hazardous areas such as where there are things that need protecting and where you want pedestrians and traffic to have as little interaction as possible. This will raise the safety of warehouse assets and employees, and increase efficiency.

For some of the best barrier systems you could hope for, reach out to the Cenpart team. We can provide you with a bespoke solution for your needs, no matter what they may be. We have a lot of experience and also offer to install the barriers for you. Feel free to send us an email using office@cenpart.co.uk or give us a ring on 0121 520 9400.