Posted by Thelma Marshall, Product Director, March 3, 2020

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There are several precautions that OSHA expects those in the warehousing industry to take to help ensure safety. Ultimately, they want all your employees actively engaged in safety. But how safety conscious is your facility?

There are often hidden reasons that safety is compromised in a warehouse environment. Perhaps forklift routing needs to be revised or some drivers become more reckless at the end of a shift. It may be that drivers lack expected skill levels or more training is needed.  Remember that:

  • Monitoring operator behavior for poor decision-making or risk-taking is vital, especially when drivers are fatigued.
  • The path of least resistance can be easily established with real-time forklift monitoring.
  • Retraining is important for operators who have been in the field for a long time and is required at least once every three years.

Unfortunately, you never know when a workplace injury or incident could trigger an OSHA inspection and put current safety measures under scrutiny. The fatal-injury rate for the warehousing industry is higher than the national average for all industries combined. Though some incidents may happen no matter what, safety violations are often the root cause of warehouse accidents. Your telematic solution should serve as a watchdog, enforcing safety precautions and keeping everyone in compliance with regulations.

What does OSHA want to see in your facility?

The use of lockout/tagout devices that are durable, standardized, and fail-safe. 

Ideally, vehicle-monitoring software should be capable of locking a vehicle from use after it fails a safety-checklist item or is involved in an impact. Failing to use a lockout is one of OSHA’s most cited safety violations, resulting in the organization collecting more than $7.7 million in associated penalties each year.

No signs of being resistant to changes in technology especially automated safety checklists

TotalTrax’s automated safety checklists are a proven way to reduce costly impacts, mechanical breakdowns and worker injuries. Personalized safety checklists are ideal because they will fit the unique demands and risks within your facility. Lift-truck manufacturers can provide daily checklists specific for each type of forklift.

Automated safety checklists provide documented proof that safety checks were conducted and telematic software should also lock out vehicles from use if they fail inspection.

Proof that safety is first priority

Safety is one of the biggest, most costly concerns in the supply chain industry and OSHA violations can deeply impact your bottom line – more so now than ever before. World-class companies go beyond what is required by law. OSHA and EPA requirements should be the minimum. OSHA has regulations and guidelines for warehouse and manufacturing facilities. The first step is determining how well day-to-day operations follow OSHA’s guidelines and regulatory safety protocol.

Telematic safety solutions lets your enterprise monitor and maintain a culture of safety and delivers complete documentation of everything needed to save time and reduce injury to its workforce and the potential for OSHA fines.

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