From the enduring effects of Brexit to the lasting impact of the COVID pandemic and the war in Ukraine, the UK logistics sector experienced a series of new and ongoing upheavals that caused significant disruption to supply chains throughout 2022. As a result, in 2023, businesses in the industry will be looking to implement several factors to improve efficiency, with a focus on prioritising risk reduction, says leading provider of materials handling equipment, Midland Pallet Trucks.
“Risk management will become increasingly important for businesses along the supply chain this year. In particular, warehouse managers will be looking to mitigate possible risks by preparing themselves by investing in the equipment required to handle possible risks and mitigate hazards, so that they can optimise their operations to streamline their operations in the face of ongoing challenges”.
In 2022 alone, 477,000 workers developed a work-related musculoskeletal disorder. While not all of these individuals are employees in the logistics industry, working in logistics and warehouses significantly increases the risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder.
When employees have a musculoskeletal disorder, their health, well-being, production rate, and motivation will suffer. As a result, warehouse productivity will also be affected, as absences will increase. Additionally, some employees may be reluctant to perform particular tasks for fear of developing an injury. Therefore, warehouse managers need to implement measures designed to guarantee the safety of employees.
Midland Pallet Trucks are leading providers of high-quality materials handling equipment, including electric pallet trucks, weighing scale trucks, and high-lift pallet trucks. Their equipment allows logistic and warehouse staff to move consignments safely and efficiently, reducing the risk of injuries related to heavy lifting.
Phil adds, “In addition to providing the equipment needed for employees to perform their tasks risk-free, employers can undertake additional measures to reduce workplace injury risk. These measures include providing vigorous training, ensuring employees take appropriate breaks, and appointing a specialist health and safety manager to oversee operations”.