Facility Safety: Exterior Safety

Sentry Insurance Facility Safety ExteriorKeeping buildings, machinery and premises safe is essential to the success of printing facilities.

These common scenarios show typical safety hazards found in printing facilities:

• A painted concrete floor becomes very slippery around a recycling baler where paper dust is generated
• A customer walks from the parking lot and trips and falls on loose asphalt
• Racking is installed without being secured to the wall and floor. Damage to a corner post by a forklift causes the racking to tip and collapse.

These and other hazards may exist in your facility. By being diligent in preventing employee and customer injuries, as well as property damage, you will help minimize accidents and help to reduce your insurance costs. Follow these tips to help reduce risk of injury associated with facility safety:

Exterior Safety

• Make sure the entrances to storage silos are posted as a “permit-required confined space.” Secure entrances to prevent unauthorized entry.
• If storage silos are located in an area of the parking lot that receives regular vehicle traffic, install barriers to prevent damage
• Consider the impact of rain, ice or snow runoff around buildings and in the parking lots
• Keep customer parking areas separate from employee parking
• Use signage to direct visitors, customers, employees and truck drivers to appropriate entrances and exits
• Secure any exterior yard areas via locked fencing and perimeter lighting. Remove trees, poles and snow banks that could allow an intruder to pass over the fence. Post secured areas with signs indicating “Danger – No Trespassing.”
• Store valuable or weather-sensitive inventory or stock in a protected and secured location
• Provide appropriate perimeter protection to prevent unauthorized access of facility railroad spurs. When a railcar is spotted, place a dock plate between the building and the car and rail chocks before loading or unloading. Use wheel locks to prevent railcar movement.

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