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LOCATION: Concrete products ARTICLE YEAR 2012
ACTIVITY: Production and Processing COMPANY: Hanson UK
SUB ACTIVITY: Concrete products COMPANY LOCATION: Thermalite Newbury
BEST PRACTICE No: BP829 COMPANY TEL: 01635 875700
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
TITLE
Packing section area safety improvements
ARTICLE
Description

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.

Benefits

Increased space in the storage area

A far safer environment for all.
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