Safety Matters – Even At Mezzanines
Material loading and unloading is a pretty risk-ridden task when it comes to storage efficiency. While there is the concern for the safety of the materials being transported or moved, it’s also pretty crucial for the personnel and the equipment involved to be as safe from any kind of mishaps. With regards to the same, goods and other items being moved to and fro on the same level or at the same height are typically less prone to accidents. However, when the height changes or the levels are different, risks increase. More so, when it comes to mezzanine levels. Since it is not a discrete floor, mezzanine safety becomes crucial as forklifts, pulley systems or manual labour is used to store or remove objects.
When you consider the objective of a mezzanine level, it doesn’t seem all that dangerous. On the contrary, such levels aid the productivity of any storage space. The situation becomes risky when it comes to moving stuff around mezzanines. As long as stuff is securely placed on mezzanines, there’s no problem for people to move around or under the mezzanine. However, while loading stuff on to the mezzanine, the visibility is limited regarding what stuff is already in the path. So, when a forklift raises an object and tries to place it on the level, it could either collide with the stuff already there or the object being lifted on to the level could suffer damage. In the worst case scenario, the object being moved could also topple over and fall on the operator of the forklift causing a possibly fatal accident. On the flip side, while removing objects from the mezzanine level, an inexperienced operator might not be able to control the movement properly and push the object inward inadvertently. If manual labour is being used, an accidental slip up could damage the product or even harm the people involved. Either way, dealing with the height of the mezzanine level is a problem, even if pulley systems or slides are used.
Such problems can easily be addressed by using rollover gates installed at loading and unloading points on mezzanine levels and docks. These gates are designed to have two-way entry and exit points, but only one of them can be open at a time. Thus, while loading or unloading, forklifts cannot push any object beyond the second gate. If the object hasn’t cleared the boundary of the gates, the gates cannot be closed. Likewise, when an object is being moved away, the gate will only allow one pallet to be moved at a time, preventing any accidental pile-up of material.
Roll over gates are made pretty sturdy and are quite suitable for any kind of work environment. The ease of use and weighted arms connecting the gates make the implementation of the arrangement really functional. Using a simple construct such as this makes it easy to avoid accidents at work in places where mezzanine levels and docks are built.