Safety is a major reason employers invest in drum dumpers and other ergonomic drum-handling equipment. (Efficiency is probably the other big motivator.) And certainly, lifting and emptying full 55-gallon drums is much safer with dedicated material handling equipment.
The heart of many warehouses is the forklift battery charging and changing area, but this part of the warehouse is also filled with potential hazards that could bring operations to a halt.
The forklift battery is notorious for the number of hazards it presents to warehouse personnel. These 2,000-pound batteries contain corrosive chemicals, electrolyte, and heavy metals that make forklift battery maintenance highly dangerous if the right safety precautions aren't in place.
Year-end is a hectic, busy time for everyone. This is no less true at the warehouse, where the pressure is on to fill and deliver orders as quickly and efficiently as possible. It’s extremely important not to let safety fall down the priority list after the holiday blitz. While being more lax with your safety requirements might seem to get work done faster in the short-term, it can result in accidents that are debilitating for both your personnel and your production.