Warehouse Safety Tips | Episode 25 | What’s Holding You Back?


What’s Holding You Back?

On today’s Podcast – we’re going to be covering using Safety Harnesses.  So stay tuned…

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If you’re a seasoned Podcast Listener – this podcast is going to be different from most you listen to.  It’s based around exactly what the name implies – Warehouse Safety Tips.  And since the people in that industry are busy – we know time is money, so each episode will be as short and to the point as possible.

And now that all that is out of the way – let’s get to the Podcast!

They always say “Facts Tell / Stories Sell”.
You get plenty of stats via signs, emails, and meetings – so I figured a couple stories might deliver home the importance of today’s Podcast.
What’s the topic?  Safety Harnesses.
As with a lot of Safety Equipment – the times you’re wearing it versus the times you need it, are extremely out of proportion.  But for those times you need it – you’re always glad you were utilizing it or wishing you had.
In the case of Safety Harnesses – because heights are usually involved, you really don’t want the “Wishing you had” scenario to ever play out.
I promised you stories – and here they are.
Our first story involves working in a Cherry Picker.  I was cutting branches on the high limbs of a tree.  We were doing everything as safe as possible.  While cutting a branch – it spun the opposite direction we wanted it too, and clipped the basket I was in.  When it happened – it caused the entire Cherry Picker to bounce and then violently rock back and forth.  Luckily – part of being safe as possible included my wearing a harness.  But even though I was securely fastened to the basket – I still received quite a shaking (Mentally and Physically).  Not being secure in this situation could have spelled death or a very serious injury.
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Now back to the Podcast…

Our second story is one that has sparked a lot of discussions whenever I’ve told it.

A friend of mine was a manager for a large hardware chain.  Regardless of the height,  whenever off the ground and stocking material (Or in this checking inventory) – all employees had to be wearing a Safety Harness.  My friend had been told once before to always wear his harness while using a rolling set of steps – and on the second time he was caught not wearing it, he was fired.
When describing this story – it always sounded to me like bad blood between two managers.  I have no idea what other circumstances may or may not have been in his background.  But one fact remains true in this story.  He admits to being written up twice for not wearing the Safety Harness.
When it comes to Safety Equipment – it can:
  • Get hot
  • Obstruct vision
  • Be uncomfortable
  • Make it difficult to move freely
  • Make it difficult to pick up or maneuver small items
  • Be a nuisance and/or time consuming to put on
  • And MANY other situations
Fair or unfair.  Comfortable or uncomfortable.  When management is around or not around.  Safety Procedures and equipment – and the rules surrounding when and how to properly wear them – are put in place to keep you, your staff, and your facility safe.
Keep that in mind whenever questioning its importance – and have a safe day!
If you visit WarehouseSafetyTips.com – you’ll find the Show Notes for this episode.Thank you for listening to Warehouse Safety Tips – and have a SAFE day!



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