The long-term effects of a careless accident or injury in your facility can alter an employee’s life – and their family – forever. It is easy to forget the importance of everyday safety measures and how a split decision can completely change everything as we know it. Accidents happen and if they cause permanent injury, life is never the same again.
Unfortunately, workers often make a conscience decision to break a safety rule. Maybe it’s easier or faster, and it’s common to think nothing bad will happen. In a warehouse, repetitive tasks, long shifts and a comfort level that comes with years on the job can cause workers to become complacent about best practices and safety.
Everyone needs to be vigilant about signs of on the job complacency, poor driver habits or risky behavior or it can easily result in an accident. You can’t be watching over everyone’s shoulder to be certain that best practices are followed. But, preventing these split-second mistakes, risky behavior and human error is possible.
Monitor worker’s behavior
Complacency can be spotted and addressed before an accident occurs. Use telematics to implement operation-specific safety checklists, which each driver must successfully complete before the equipment will operate. While vehicles are in use, telematics can monitor speed limits and control access to specific areas of the warehouse — for example, refusing entrance to areas designated for pedestrian traffic.
Put the brakes on speeding and poor judgement
The repetitive nature of the job can make some employees push the limits of speed and safe behavior on the warehouse floor. While vehicles are in use, telematics can monitor speed limits and control access to specific areas of the warehouse — for example, refusing entrance to areas designated for pedestrian traffic. All issues will be recorded in the operator report card.
Reinforce safety continuously with training and retraining
Operator report cards within your software should be used to evaluate drivers on a regular basis to determine skill deficits and safety violations like speeding. Ensuring that operators are well trained and that all unsafe behaviors are immediately addressed drastically reduces injuries, OSHA violations, and all of the financial and emotional costs of an accident.
See the big picture
An average of 882 fatal occupational injuries occurs in the warehousing and transportation industries in a given year — that's second only to the construction industry in terms of job-related deaths. Probably none of those workers injured dreamed that a split-second decision could change their lives.
Make your employees listen for the right reasons and commit to participating in safe practices no matter what. Warn workers often about taking unnecessary chances and what it could cost them in terms of their life, long-term health and the impact on their family.
The most effective way to reduce human error in your operation is to eliminate the “it won’t happen to me” way of thinking and use an advanced telematics system to warn about potential errors or risks before they lead to tragic results.