Materials need to be stored and organised safely on-site to reduce the potential of major incidents. Unsafe and uncertified storage can cause a number of significant risks. The common storage and racking problems include:
- No certification
- Poor configuration
- Lack of storage efficiency
- No steel storage racking at all, leaving materials and the equipment on the ground.
- Wrong rack for the materials being stored.
These issues left unchecked could mean your current storage is significantly overloaded for its specifications, potentially placing operators and workers in the line-of-fire. These are incidents that occur as a result of falling, swinging or erecting objects, which according to SafeWork Australia, lead to 34 fatalities in 2019 alone. Unfortunately, it is still common to see unsafe and uncertified storage in the workplace.
Leaving materials and equipment on the ground also increases the risk of falls, slips and trips of a person, which accounted for 26,000 serious injury claims in 2019. These statistics should be enough to ensure that storage of materials and equipment is safe and certified.
This is why we are seeing large sites such as this investing in certified storage solutions that are specifically designed for the materials in their inventory. It is just as important for smaller sites and workshops to invest in certified storage to mitigate the risks that are present.