Packaging for Onward Transport of Goods

Packaging for Onward Transport of Goods

Safety, Health, Environmental & Quality BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 606
08 February 2018

Packaging for Onward Transport of Goods

We have recently had three reports of issues with the packing of goods for onward transport when upon receipt, some items have had damage identified which could have been prevented with better packaging.

Example 1:

The photographs above show where a spreader was packed on top of another crate of spreaders and the heads of the fixings on the lid of the crate were protruding slightly, in transit, these pushed their way through the spreader packaging, scratching the surface – we were able to repair the spreader on site by sanding down and painting and replacing the vinyl, at our cost.

Example 2:

The photographs in the second example also show where a fixing has been left protruding and has scratched the protective coating on some panels, thankfully the screw had not scratched through the coating and onto the panel and no-one had injured themselves on the fixing left sticking out of the crate.

When packaging materials please consider the 6 hazard categories as you would when working on  site.  These exposed fixings cause not only a HSSE risk but also a quality and property damage issue.  Protruding fixings should be removed or made level with the surface.

If our engineers experience issues such as those shown above on site, we ask that they report them to us so that we can input measures to prevent recurrence.  These two issues were reported within a couple of weeks of each other and as a direct action, we are sharing them with you all via this bulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide..

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