Around the world, the workplace continues to be one of the most dangerous environments one can enter. An unbelievable 270 million people each year will suffer a workplace-related injury, and 350,000 workplace deaths occur annually. In the United States alone, 4,383 individuals lost their lives as a result of job-related injuries in 2012.
A large part of ensuring warehouse efficiency and warehouse organization is providing the proper safety equipment and safety signage so personnel are aware of potential hazards throughout the workplace.
This is especially true in the lift truck battery room, where safety hazards abound as a result of the everyday forklift battery maintenance procedures that take place there.
In any warehouse, forklift battery maintenance presents a number of hazards in the battery room that warehouse personnel should be aware of. This is especially true when charging a lead-acid battery, as the charging process produces hydrogen, a gas that is undetectable by the human senses.
Accumulation of hydrogen gas in the air threatens battery room safety. The most common threats are explosion or fire, which are potential risks if the concentration of hydrogen gas in the air reaches 4.1% or greater. At its highest concentration, hydrogen gas is an asphyxiant, preventing one from breathing.
An organized warehouse is an efficient one -- and that's why it's important to ensure you maintain adequate warehouse organization and safety by setting up structural barriers in key locations throughout the warehouse.
Structural barriers can help keep personnel safe, equipment protected from damage and a warehouse more organized as a whole -- thus creating optimal warehouse efficiency.
In many workplaces, the forklift is responsible for transporting and lifting things that can't be transported or lifted by hand. And while forklifts are hugely beneficial to warehouse efficiency, they also require a fair amount of maintenance to ensure they work properly.
Because forklift batteries require a fair amount of maintenance and monitoring, the lift truck battery room is one of the most integral areas of any warehouse. Forklift battery safety, as a result, is of utmost importance in these battery rooms -- and one safety feature all battery rooms should have is an eye-wash station that can rinse eyes that have been exposed to battery chemicals.
At any warehouse, operations and warehouse efficiency depends on the forklift -- a motorized vehicle that can transport heavy loads in and out of the warehouse.
Unfortunately, the batteries that power forklifts can be extremely dangerous when handled by someone who doesn't know the proper forklift battery safety procedures.
For Cole Buckley, of Arlington, Neb., the everyday job routine of ensuring warehouse efficiency and warehouse organization became deadly.
According to the Arlington Citizen, Buckley, 19, had been operating a forklift at his job at Midwest Manufacturing in Valley early in the morning on August 12 when an incident occurred that almost took his life.