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How to Reduce Risk in the Most Dangerous Areas of a Warehouse

Posted by Thelma Marshall on Nov 26, 2019 4:00:00 AM

Without change, history will repeat itself. This is especially true for the areas in your warehouse where accidents and mishaps commonly occur, or inventory is misplaced.  ikea-2714998_640

It may seem like your facility has its own little Bermuda Triangle an area that for one reason or other seems to be a magnet for mishaps. But if your telematic data can be used to identify why this area has increased risk, the cause of reoccurring issues, and what changes are needed to avoid mistakes from reoccurring.

Identify the dangers & reduce the cause

Mistakes occurring in a warehouse can often be used as a tool to prevent history from repeating itself. Statistically 1 in 10 forklifts will be involved in an accident every year, so there is a wealth of information to learn from. 

For example, perhaps some rows or areas are prone to more accidents because of visual limitations or sharp turns or corners. Telematic software can document all previous accidents and near-misses, and from these insights, a clear pattern of danger can be identified.

Maybe operator behavior has caused several accidents to occur in certain locations of the warehouse. In some areas it may feel safe for operators drive into areas they shouldn’t or to increase their speed and ignore safety protocol. It is much like when we are driving on a familiar road and unwittingly end up driving faster than the speed limit dictates. It can happen without a driver even realizing it.

The right telematics system can warn managers and supervisors about broken speed limits, sounding an alarm and emailing the supervisor. Advance location and telematic geofencing can also be used to create configured “stop” zones to limit access to certain vehicles that won’t fit into product aisles. 

Learn from history

The right telematic data should reveal patterns and make solutions obvious. Everything from routing snafus to last month’s forklift impacts can be used to rethink how we manage movement on the warehouse floor. 

For example: 

  • Optical location provides instant information on speed and location of the forklift prior to the accident.
  • Telematics identifies who is operating the truck, and where the accident happened.
  • Impact location shows if accidents are typically occurring in a similar location, with a specific vehicle model, with a specific task, or at similar times of day. 
  • Warehouse data determines what was happening at the time of the incident in relation to where the incident occurred.

Historical telematic data ensures a safer future, and it doesn’t require lengthy analysis. The right telematics system analyzes the most vital data and breaks it down to determine the true cause of each accident or mishap – identifying solutions that reduce risk in the most dangerous areas of a warehouse.

Topics: warehouse safety, driver behavior, fleet monitoring, injuries, routing, operator behavior, operator report card, limit risks, forklift operators

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