Productivity and warehouse safety are not mutually exclusive objectives. Methods to increase production must also maintain warehouse safety, or the strategy could cost you more than it gains. These two KPIs require a perfect balance of attention to obtain objectives.
Here are some facts to keep in mind as you strive to increase productivity while maintaining safety:
- Increasing safety has been proven to deliver ROI and increase productivity. It’s more than just protecting employees and your enterprise from the impact of costly injuries and mishaps. Worker injuries and damage to forklifts or equipment slow everything in the facility down, costing time and productivity.
- Safety training for forklift operators and other employees will deliver ROI. One study estimates that for every dollar an enterprise spends on workplace safety training, it may see $2- $6 in returns for injury prevention and avoiding costly damage to equipment or trucks.
- Beyond the physical and emotional impact, the cost of the average work-related injury leads to $38,000 in direct expenses and $150,000 in indirect costs. These include:
- Loss of productivity
- Reimbursement costs to the injured employee
- Salary of the injured worker and their downtime replacement
- Equipment, repair, or replacement costs
- Hikes to insurance premiums
- Legal costs
With increased demands for speed and accuracy, workers may become complacent about safety as they strive for productivity. Using real-time telematic monitoring of their activity for any signs of reduced safety or recklessness can help an enterprise balance productivity and safety objectives.
Greater productivity and safety go hand-in-hand
As customer demands increase, operators must develop ways to improve warehouse efficiency and output, while diligently enforcing safety protocols.
One way to do this is to use technology that monitors all the moving parts of your organization while focusing on safety protocols and checklists. This provides advanced warnings that are needed to support safe operations and optimum productivity. Safety-monitoring software can provide:
1) Operator Report Cards
Provides insight into how well an operator or group of operators are performing. Telematic monitoring identifies the “what, when, and why” of any safety infraction, and can bring violations to your attention, such as sounding an alarm when the speed of a forklift exceeds the pre-set speed limit.
2) Maintenance Report Cards
Provides data that quantifies how well a forklift, or a group of forklifts, are performing against safety KPIs, if each forklift passed its safety checklist, if repairs are scheduled, and when repairs are completed.
3) Impact Detection
Delivers detailed insight on the operator involved in any impact, the forklift involved, and the severity of the accident. The software documents everything at the moment of impact and locks down the vehicle.
A telematic software platform can be key to breaking the silos of safety and productivity. When you leverage real-time monitoring and actionable data, everyone in your facility can understand how to balance safety and productivity as they complete assigned tasks.