During 2005/06 the warehousing and road haulage industries reported over 10,000 work related incidents to the Health and Safety Executive and Local Authorities, from which 1700 of these incidents were classified as major injuries such as fractures and broken bones.
The most common types of warehousing and logistics accidents are:
Slips and trips.
Contact with workplace vehicles e.g. forklift trucks, HGV’s and vans
Manual handling of stock in the warehouse and when loading / unloading vehicles.
Falls from ladders and step ladders, and from the back of HGV’s.
Struck by falling objects when retrieving stock from the warehouse racking.
Effective health and safety management for warehousing and logistics will involve looking at the risks that arise from your warehouse and logistics activities and then putting sensible health and safety measures in place to suitably control them. This will enable your organisation to not only protect its employees and members of the public from harm, but also to help protect your premises, goods, equipment and reputation.
So how can our health and safety consultants help?
By analysing your work activities our health and safety in warehousing and logistics consultants will be able to ensure that all the necessary control measures, maintenance procedures, monitoring, and provision of all the relevant health and safety information, instruction and training are being implemented.
Typical services our health and safety consultants provide include:
Undertaking risk assessments of the warehousing and road haulage activities that you undertake.
Undertaking inspections of the warehouse giving particular consideration to your workplace transport arrangements.
Ensure that employees are undertaking regular visual inspections of forklift trucks and delivery vehicles.
Ensuring that all relevant vehicles and lifting equipment are subject to any relevant statutory inspections and routine maintenance, and that all the relevant safety features are in place.
At Mentor our health and safety consultants want to provide guidance and instruction for employers and employees who run and work within the Warehousing and Road Haulage industry. Our intention is to help you manage your own health and safety arrangements in safer, healthier and more proactive ways.
If you would like to know more about our Warehousing and Road Haulage safety packages then please contact one of our health and safety consultants on 08444 933 062.