A safe, orderly, efficient warehouse is key to a successful supply chain. That’s why Bennett is committed to an award winning process that makes safety Priority One in everything we do each and everyday.
At BDS we hold over 160 safety meetings yearly to reinforce our safety culture. We have toolbox meetings prior to every work shift conducted by senior lead personnel or the facility manager that are often supported by corporate safety representatives. At these meetings we discuss many
of the items listed below:
- Forklift safety – OSHA housekeeping
- Fire safety – Electrical safety
- Hearing protection – Personal protective equipment
- Slips and Falls – Back injury prevention
- Accident/incident reporting – Emergency response
- Communications – Violence in the workplace prevention
A simple aspect of safety in a warehouse, so simple it’s often ignored, is having good housekeeping processes in place.
That’s why at BDS we focus on making sure that:
- Objects or materials in aisles or on the floor are clear
- Materials stacked or stored are done correctly
- Protruding nails, fasteners, and other loosely or unsecured items are taken care of
- Large equipment is stored when not in use so that they cannot be bumped or damaged
- Trash strewn about that can cause someone to trip or slip are removed
- Making sure that water, oil, or other liquids are cleaned up from the floor
You must always be very alert when involved with material handling equipment. Whether you’re using equipment or lifting and carrying yourself, we work with our staff to make sure that they have the proper training and direction.
When operating a forklift:
- No one but the operator should ever ride on a forklift
- Never stand or walk under the raised part of a forklift, even if it’s empty
- Place forklift loads carefully so they’re stable and won’t fall off or tip the truck
- Drive a forklift slowly
- Keep forks – and loads – low and tilted back while moving
- Park a forklift with forks lowered and tilted flat, brake set, and key removed
Loading Dock Safety
Using a combination of built-in protections and good sense keeps the loading dock area safe.
Our warehouse operations team:
- Checks dock plate load capacity before piling up materials or starting to unload.
- Slides the dock into place, rather than dropping it.
- Pays attention to weather conditions on the loading dock area. To prevent slips and falls, we keep the area dry and don’t let ice form on it.
We truly care about our employees not only at work but also at home. We encourage everyone to wear their seat belt when they leave work and not to text while driving. We want everyone to make it home ALIVE!
At Bennett it’s our culture, it’s how we live and work each day. Safety is Priority One.Contact BDS