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Past Warehousing & Forklift Accidents — Are You Doomed to Repeat Them?

Posted by Thelma Marshall on Nov 2, 2017 3:00:00 AM

“A man's errors are his portals of discovery.” Author James Joyce’s words still hold true. But, do they apply to accidents and near-misses in your warehouse? Absolutely. puzzle-961800_640-1.png

A wise manager knows that every mistake made in the warehouse can be a learning tool to prevent similar incidents from happening again. And statistically 1 in 10 forklifts will be involved in an accident every year.

To prevent history from repeating itself, you will need to know the “who, what, where, when and why” of each incident. This is one way a telematics system delivers value — creating historical records of everyday mishaps to help you identify how to prevent accidents in the future.

With the right data, patterns emerge and simple solutions become obvious. Everything from routing snafus to last month’s forklift accidents can be used to rethink how we manage movement on the warehouse floor.

How historical insight can prevent warehousing accidents

Ask yourself this, “Where do most accidents occur in my warehouse?” Knowing this is key to smarter, safer routing plans.

Location-tracking technology, part of a good telematics system, can identify problem areas in your facility and tell you what to do about them. With this insight, it is easier to track trends and take corrective action before an accident occurs.

Information ideally should encompass all the moving parts of your organization — past and present. You may think you don’t have time for this analysis, but the right software will do the research for you.

Telematics can provide:

1.   Optical location

Optical location provides instant information on speed, location of the forklift prior to the accident, who is operating the truck, and where the accident happened. Impact location informs you if accidents are typically occurring in a similar location, with a specific vehicle model, or a specific task an operator is doing. It even determines if incidents occur at similar times of day.

Warehouse data determines what was happening at the time of the incident in relation to where the incident occurred

2.   Simultaneous utilization

Simultaneous utilization delivers a complete picture of forklift utilization in your facility. The data highlights trends and patterns in forklift and operator usage, and when compared with impact data, clearly identifies trends and patterns happening when an impact occurred.

Historical data can be used to ensure a safer future, and it doesn’t require running numerous reports and lengthy analysis. Your telematics software should enable you to prevent past mistakes from reoccurring through insight and solutions delivered on a single dashboard.

Topics: forklift tracking, warehouse safety, warehouse efficiencies, Documentation of impacts, Routing checklists

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