The holiday season is usually the busiest few weeks of the year for Indiana warehouses and supply-chain businesses. It can get hectic, unmanageable, and even dangerous at times. Let’s take a look at some of the things that Indiana material handling companies need to remember during the holiday season.
With the new year rapidly approaching, it’s time to review safety protocols for your company. OSHA requires management to evaluate the performance and knowledge of all forklift and material handling operators once every three years. Take the time to get this out of the way now so you don’t have to invest in more forklift operator training.
The end of the year might also be when the window closes to send any products back that have had safety recalls. Whether it’s a rental forklift or any other type of material handling machinery that you’ve bought or leased, scan www.recalls.gov for any relevant product recalls before the end of the year so you don’t miss the window for free repairs or reimbursement.
If the holiday season is crunch time for your workplace, chances are your team has the opportunity to load up on overtime hours. While that’s a great chance for employees to earn some extra holiday income and can help you manage the heavier workload, it’s important to supervise this kind of work. It’s easy for an employee working double shifts every day to become drowsy while operating a forklift, so make sure you manage these kind of shifts and schedule frequent breaks for your team during the season.
Overtime shifts can also result in your team working in conditions they aren’t used to working in. For example, a loading dock worker might not be used to working nights, and could easily slip off the dock with the limited visibility. Be sure that all overtime employees are aware of the changes across different shifts.
In Indiana, the holiday season means colder weather, which means ice, snow, and all sorts of nasty hazards. There are two major things to know when the holiday season rolls around:
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