Recordable injuries. Two words, but potentially scary implications. When it comes to preventing OSHA recordable injuries in your facility, you’re not without hope. Not every accident can be prevented. However, if you follow the 5 tips below, your outlook for incident-free days, weeks, or even months is significantly higher.
Step 1: Recognize your risk of recordable injuries
First of all, you may wonder how to define a recordable injury — officially, that is. You likely have a good idea of what they are, but it’s wise to brush up on occasion both independently and as a team. According to OSHA’s official site, as well as our blog: Prevent Recordable Injuries in Your Facility, recordable injuries can cover a variety of things. They can also be due to negligence, both large and small.
Step 2: Involve your team
Whether you supervise a team or you just want to involve your fellow coworkers in a discussion about your facility’s safety, you can’t go wrong. Opening the door for honest discussions about process-improvement and allowing the freedom to voice concerns is essential to a well-oiled workplace. Furthermore, you can help your team get on the page about recordable injuries and the protocol for handling them. Though guidelines can be clear, there are always grey areas that may come up.
After all, the notion of “if you see something, say something,” is applicable in many different types of situations. Make it habit of setting aside time regularly to discuss your facility’s safety, including pallet rack safety and rack safety solutions, to see if there are any opportunities for improvement.
Step 3: Research safety solutions
Now that you have a better idea of what your facility is doing well, and, more so, what it’s not doing well, you can start researching solutions. Ongoing training is always critical, of course. But what else can you do? Well, if you are facing near misses or recordable injuries due to falling objects or pallet push-through, you may want to consider the safety equipment you attach to your pallet racking. To find the best rack safety solution for your facility, refer to the following as a guide. Of course, our team at Adrian’s and our network of dealers are always happy to help answer any questions. If you weren’t aware, you’re also welcome to request a free sample of almost any of our products. We’ll gladly ship it out to you as early as the same day!
- Do you have loose, small items in your racks? Consider our NEW Modular Pallet Rack Safety Netting that can be overlapped, right out of the box.
- Or, are your items shrink-wrapped and palletized? Consider our Fixed Rack Safety Net or Rack Safety Strap.
- Do you operate a fulfillment center with pick-and-pack operations? Consider our Sliding Rack Safety Net.
- Are you concerned about improper forklift operation? Consider the Rack Safety Strap – we recommend two to three per bay.
Step 4: Install additional safety measures
If you have general concerns about your facility’s flue space compliance or push through prevention preparedness, rack safety solutions can cover all of your bases. Taking a few additional steps to prevent falling product, protect employees, and of course, prevent recordable injuries is always worth your while. You may need to get creative in some areas and use a variety of methods and products, depending on what items you have on your racks and how accessible they need to be.
One of the best things about Adrian’s Safety Solutions is the ease-of-installation. As soon as our products arrive at your facility (we stock quick ship items!), they’re ready to work. Safety solutions from Adrian’s require no tools, no hardware, and no retro-fitting — truly, they install in just a few seconds. Check out this quick demo:
Step 5: Revisit as needed
For the time being, you can sit back and admire your handiwork and your facility — freshly outfitted in rack safety protection equipment. Going forward, however, it’s important to always reevaluate and tweak your facility’s precautions for recordable injuries as needed. Continue to involve your team in regular discussions, and you should have no issues.
A brief recap of 5 Steps to Preventing Recordable Injuries in Your Facility:
- Recognize your risk of recordable injuries… by revisiting OSHA resources often as well as the state of your facility.
- Involve your team… in regular discussions about their concerns and observations.
- Research safety solutions… such as rack safety solutions and the like.
- Install additional safety measures… refer to our product instructions and how-tos.
- Revisit as needed… but feel free to celebrate a little, too.