|Packing section area safety improvements
It was recognised that there was a potential for an accident in the packing area at Thermalite’s Newbury works. The packing plant was located near a storage area. Fork lift trucks, clamp trucks and pedestrians were using this very confined area. A number of initiatives were put in place to minimise pedestrian access and improve traffic control. These included:
• The introduction of a ‘kissing gate’ to prevent pedestrian access when forklifts are working in the area
• Using warning lights in key locations that were activated when the packer was operating
• Introducing new racking to create more room in the storage area
• Risks were re-assessed and a new safe system of working written, with all individuals trained.
Increased space in the storage area
A far safer environment for all.