Food Processing Plant Improves Pedestrian Safety

Food Processing Plant Improves Pedestrian Safety

Improving Health and Safety for Pedestrians Working at a Food Processing Plant

Shepherd’s Health and Safety works with a vast array of different businesses. From small sized businesses to multinational companies. In our case studies, you’ll find real-life examples of our Health and Safety projects.

More than just Health and Safety

We maintain a high level of health and safety training, but on top of that, we can provide expert opinion and suggestions on how to run certain parts of your business in a more efficient way.

Helping you get the most out of your business, in the safest and more resourceful way, is what we do best.

Here is our most recent project:

Organisation

The business we assessed was a food processing plant in South Norfolk.

Introduction

A food processing plant was receiving inadequate service from its current health and safety consultancy. Shepherd’s Health and Safety was called in to assess current procedures and safety and improve existing measures.

Thanks to a change in safety management, when an accident happened months later, nobody was injured or hurt.

What Shepherd’s Health and Safety Ltd Did

Pedestrians were walking in and around the intake where vehicles reversed and worked in. Because there were no restrictions on when and where to walk, the chances of an accident happening were high. This, obviously, was a huge safety no-no.

After an assessment, Shepherd’s recommended that the intake area became 100% pedestrian free. The only exception to this rule was the intake supervisor who manned the site.

The employees had walking routes re-routed and re-painted to ensure access was restricted. Now, only vehicles and the supervisor are permitted in the area.

Pedestrians now have a safe walking passage and are no longer at risk of vehicle-related accidents.

A couple of months after Shepherds assess and devised a sustainable plan, there was an accident at the plant. A bulk lorry tipped its trailer at the intake and it toppled onto a parked tractor.

Luckily, there was only minor damage to nearby equipment and the building. Nobody was hurt or injured as pedestrians were at a safe distance away.

Business Benefits

The risk of injury was significantly reduced and so the likelihood of a human sustaining a vehicle-related injury is now minor. There will also be less injury-related absenteeism in the company.  The business will now benefit knowing its intake processing area is up to date with safety standards.

Health and Safety Benefits

Pedestrians that stick to the designated walking routes are no longer at risk of large and reversing vehicles. Had the health and safety measures not been implemented, the chance of machinery injuring, or killing, a pedestrian would have been highly likely.

Summary

A food processing plant went from having unclear pedestrian areas to well-marked designated walking routes. Workers now have safe passage in and around the site and are restricted from the intake area completely.

Because they followed health and safety procedures, when there was an accident involving a lorry tipping over, nobody was hurt or injured.

If this sounds like something your business could benefit from, get in touch with Shepherd’s Health and Safety for a free consultation.

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