Beware Dangerous Factory or Warehouse Environments Business Continuity Safety

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Business Continuity Safety Beware Dangerous Factory or Warehouse Environments

Factory and Warehouse Lessons Learned

*IMPORTANT – Speak with your Safety Team and learn ALL of the safety policies and precautions before walking through your factory or warehouse. They are the experts.*

bloodyhandOk, so you worked your entire career in an office setting for a financial company and you just got the job as a Business Resilience Director for a distribution company with a warehouse or factory. Well actually something similar happened to me a few years ago. I am not the safety guy but…the number one safety tip I can give you from personal experience is – be careful and always be aware of your surroundings!  If you have never worked in a warehouse or factory you will quickly learn it can be a very dangerous place if you are not concentrating.

So below are a few ‘Marty lessons learned’. Some are a bit embarrassing, but what the heck – if they help one person it’s worth my dignity:

Stay focused – I have the nasty habit of walking and texting. While on vacation in Baltimore a few years ago I was walking and texting and came within 5 feet of walking off the dock into the Baltimore Harbor. I think I would have survived as the fall was approximately 15 feet and I only had a 50/50 chance of being impaled on one of the wooden stakes below.

On a few other occasions I have tripped on an uneven patch of sidewalk while multi-tasking. During one particularly bad fall while I was racewalking on my way home from work I was lucky to only have ripped my palm and fortunately did not hit my head. I almost hit my face on the concrete (maybe it would have been an improvement). I came back stronger and I was racewalking the next day, my wife called me ‘resilient!’ I thought that was so cool.

I quickly learned that a warehouse or factory has a whole different level of safety concerns compared to an office environment. I have numerous stories – all my fault and all from when I was a ‘beyond the office’ newbie a few years ago. Here is my most frightening experience:

I was walking on the third floor of a inventory module and rapidly approaching an opening that was clearly marked, unfortunately my head was down. I glanced upward and, I kid you not, I was within 3 feet of tumbling off and plummeting 20 feet to bare concrete.  I stopped myself in the nick of time. One more stride and I would have fallen. I was surreal.

I made my way down the stairs and just looked up to the spot I would have fallen from. I got chills and still do every time I pass that spot, even though the incident occurred years ago. Had anything happened it would have been all my fault!

In addition, people are driving forklifts which you do not want to walk into. There could also be broken glass or sharp metal that can cause injury. Situational awareness in these environments is so important. Know your surroundings always! Focus on every step you take!

Please – please – never text and walk in a factory or warehouse – or near a harbor for that matter. Really concentrate and know your surroundings every step of the way.

In a factory or warehouse:
Always wear a luminous vest

  • Always wear the correct shoes
  • Always wear a hard-hat if your company requires it
  • Always do everything else your company advises for safety

I say ‘Always’ as it is that one time you skip a step that can be disastrous. So be careful – ALWAYS!

You, your family, your company and this author need you to be around a long time. I need you out there recommending this book! (kidding)

*IMPORTANT – Speak with your Safety Team and learn ALL the safety policies and precautions before walking your factory or warehouse. They are the experts. *

Please be safe!!!

In a factory or warehouse:

  • Always wear a luminous vest
  • Always wear the correct shoes
  • Always wear a hard-hat if your company requires it
  • Always do everything else your company advises for safety

I say ‘Always’ as it is that one time you skip a step that can be disastrous. So be careful – ALWAYS!

You, your family, your company and this author need you to be around a long time. I need you out there recommending this book! (kidding)

*IMPORTANT – Speak with your Safety Team and learn ALL the safety policies and precautions before walking your factory or warehouse. They are the experts. *

Please be safe!!!

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