Q: We have a number of processing plants where the safety of fork lift truck drivers and pedestrians in our warehouse areas is an issue.
We’d like to implement a key safe behaviour strategy using video to spearhead it.
What can you advise?
Health & Safety Manager
A: Driver and pedestrian safety is an increasingly important issue, particularly in warehouse areas.
Many of us are only too aware of the scene – forklift trucks speeding around the premises, coming in and out of hidden entrances, while pedestrians take all manner of shortcuts, ignoring designated walkways and negotiating fast moving vehicles as they do.
Key Safe Behaviours is an approach to behavioural safety designed to prevent unsafe situations by teaching staff to apply a few simple rules (key safe behaviours) that have far reaching effects in improving safety.
In a warehouse, for example, the four main key safe behaviours are:
> Never enter a danger zone, where a danger zone is an imaginary area surrounding any vehicle or plant in which a person could be hurt. Put simply, don’t get close to moving vehicles or machines.
> Always signal for recognition. A hand wave by pedestrians and drivers visibly shows awareness of one another. Signalling give certainty that the other person has seen you, and is aware of your presence.
> Drive at a snail’s pace when working near pedestrians. Reducing speed always reduces both accidents, and their severity.
> Keep to designated walkways will ensure pedestrians don’t get in the way of moving vehicles.
The above four safe behaviours will eliminate most near-misses and accidents and LTIs (lost time accidents) at a stroke.
Producing a safety video to show Key Safe Behaviours is different to the “normal” safety video where rules are spelled out, or safe procedures demonstrated.
You can learn about safety video production www.rossiterandco.com/HealthAndSafetyVideoProduction.htm
For a start, a KSB (key safe behaviour) campaign will probably have posters and a unique KSB brand.
The brand and the style of the posters needs graphically incorporating into the video, reinforcing KSB brand recognition.
In addition the script will need structuring into modules, where each training module discusses a particular key safe behaviour.
Voxpops, or short interview clips with staff and managers who work in warehousing areas will also be needed both to admit that there can be problems with moving vehicles, and to show peer group acceptance and endorsement of the safe behaviour approach.
Let’s reprise these points to see how the pattern of a safe behaviour video production differs from a standard training video production:
> One module per key safe behaviour
> Use workforce interviews to discuss the safety issues surrounding each KSB
> Use graphic branding to reinforce and align the video with the key safe behaviour campaign brand.
Driver and pedestrian safety is a big issue in busy warehouses.
Using video to train in key safe behaviours will provide simple behavioural rules that everyone can apply, and reduce accidents.
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