Friday, May 16, 2014

Forklift Truck Training Group Says Safety Costs 'A Dangerous Lie'

Supply Chain Executives Should Reassess the Cost and Value of Investment in Staff Education
Shipping News Feature

UK – A Director at Mentor Performance Risk Management, part of Mentor Training, which claims to be the country’s biggest forklift truck trainer, knows how to grab a headline, calling the trade-off between safety and profitability which many companies see as essential when it comes to investment in training, as being based on a ‘dangerous lie’ and presses the case for those with warehousing responsibilities in the supply chain to reassess the way they consider investment in staff education.

The company says that in the past 25 years, more than ten thousand warehouse workers have been seriously injured or killed in accidents involving forklift trucks, and that, according to the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), at least 70% of these accidents were easily avoidable. Stuart Taylor of Mentor explains:

“Every day materials handling workers are being hospitalised pointlessly because they, or their manager, think of safety as a cost to be minimised. Better practice is an opportunity to make money, IOSH says 70% of accidents are avoidable [and] at Mentor PRM, we believe 70% of costs are avoidable, too. The tragic truth is, these compromises are being made for no good reason. Improving safety saves on day-to-day damage like racking damage, forklift repair bills and damaged stock, instantly making you more profitable.

"Education is the key to dispelling this lie. When people start understanding that safety and profitability are the same thing, it'll be good news for employees, and for business as well. When we train operators and managers to work safely, those same skills naturally equip them to be more efficient. And not only do you save on damage, you also increase productivity, the best way to do a job quickly is not to cut corners, but to get it right first time.”