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12 December 2012

According to John Meale,MD of Thorworld Industries,a positive commitment to safety in and around the loading bay can save money and provide long-term peace of mind Accredited SAFEcontractor member, Thorworld Industr

According to John Meale,MD of Thorworld Industries,a positive commitment to safety in and around the loading bay can save money and provide long-term peace of mind

Accredited SAFEcontractor member, Thorworld Industries has issued a reminder that it is in the interest of all businesses to take a proactive approach to protect its own workers and resources. The company is maintaining its safety initiative, focusing on the vehicle loading and unloading area.

Potentially this is one of the most hazardous areas in any company, warehouse or distribution centre. Yet despite the existence of an extensive range of safety equipment on the market to protect against accidents, the company continues to see examples of poor practice.

"It astonishes me to see businesses operating without a robust loading and unloading area safety strategy," says Thorworld managing director John Meale. "Sometimes, a firm will discover the limitations of their procedures the hard way, after somebody has already been injured. For others, their loading and unloading areas are - as the saying goes - 'an accident waiting to happen.'" Thorworld points out that addressing the threat of legal comeback is not the only aspect of a sound health and safety policy. Aside from the ethical 'duty of care' considerations an employer owes to its personnel, there are strong economic imperatives for investing in safety equipment. Some of the costs associated with an accident can be measured immediately in terms of damage and downtime, but longer-term implications - such as higher insurance premiums or the threat of legal action - aren't always obvious.

Thorworld provides a one-stop source for high quality, standard and bespoke, loading bay and materials handling equipment, safety aids and accessories. However, investing in equipment is not in itself enough to guarantee a safe working environment. Numerous standards and directives applicable to good practice in installation and operation must be adhered to. And there's no better safety device than knowledge; a vital aspect of health and safety is to ensure that employees receive appropriate training to ensure they know what they are doing. Thorworld offers a range of training programmes to help customers master the safe and efficient handling of its loading bay equipment.

"With a little common sense, backed by expert guidance and smart investment in equipment and training, loading/unloading area safety can be improved to the point where accidents will be waiting a long time before they happen," says Meale.
 
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