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What are the Costs of a Dangerous Warehouse?

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Operating in a dangerous warehouse is the fastest way to make sure that your business fails. Without regular pallet racking inspections, your warehouse ceases to be a storage solution and instead becomes a storage problem. How much does all of this cost a business? Is it something that you can even measure in dollars, pounds, or euros?

Bad safety unravels trust

An unsafe warehouse can be like a jumper with frayed cotton threads. If you pull just one loose end, then the whole thing can start to unravel. After the disastrous explosion in the warehouse in Tianjin, Greenpeace began investigating more warehouses in the same region. This mistrust is fatal for businesses and, in this case, the mistrust was entirely appropriate as the investigations led to the discovery of more warehouses violating rules on toxic materials.

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Racking inspection courses and pallet racking inspections vs. cutting corners

The government recommends that warehouses undergo a SEMA approved pallet racking inspection at least once a year and that every warehouse employs “technically competent” staff. Racking inspection training is a great way to ensure that your

staff are “technically competent”. Investing a little money in racking inspection and racking inspection training is a much better use of your finances than spending a huge amount of money dealing with an inefficient warehouse, or worse, a workplace accident.

For this reason, it makes no sense to cut corners on safety training. Ignoring

HSE advice is dangerous, expensive, and makes your warehouse harder to use. By contrast, staff who are “technically competent” are better at their job, as well

as safer. Investing in your staff will earn you money in the long term, leaving them untrained will cost you big.

The cold hard facts

The human and economic costs of dangerous British businesses are enormous. According to HSE’s most recent figures, 142 people were killed at work last year and 1.2 million people are currently suffering from a work related illness or injury. The monetary cost, of course, is not as important as the human cost. Though, at £14.3 billion per year, it is yet another reason why businesses should invest in safe workplace practice and safe warehouses.

Don’t let a dangerous warehouse cost your business. Call Storage Equipment Experts Ltd for a racking inspection training course from a SEMA qualified racking inspector.

A SEMA approved racking inspector (SARI), Justin is one of less than forty SARIs to be approved by SEMA to inspect both pallet racking and cantilever racking systems. As the owner of Storage Equipment Experts, Justin delivers rack safety inspections and rack safety inspection training to businesses across the UK. Justin has also written for a variety of publications (including EHS Today, OHS Online, Supply Chain Brain, Small Business, and E27) on a variety of health and safety related topics.Justin remains committed to delivering racking inspection services to businesses across the country. So, whether your business is based in Cardiff or Carlisle, Derry or Derby, Ipswich or Inverness, Storage Equipment Experts will be there. Contact SEE today for racking inspection training from the best in the business.
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