Heineken takes safety in the working environment very seriously, and preventing accidents is a worldwide priority.
Heineken takes safety in the working environment very seriously, and preventing accidents is a worldwide priority. At a site in The Netherlands, the company were looking to enhance safety in an area that had metal fences, steel constructions and floor lines. After a trip to a sister site in the UK, the Team Leader in Logistics saw A-SAFE barriers had been implemented there.
He said: “They had a brewery full of polymer barriers to protect their employees and also to prevent damaging their forklifts. It looked really great, so we thought we should immediately look to see if such a solution was possible for us. Metal does not absorb impact, so when you hit such a fence you got a lot of damage on your forklift or somebody gets hurt.”
It was agreed that A-SAFE should install Pedestrian+3 iFlex Barrier in to the Netherlands site to help organise, segregate pedestrians from vehicles and offer some protection against operating forklift trucks.
The Installation Leader at Heineken in The Netherlands said: “The pedestrians are now completely segregated from the working area, but even where a pedestrian could potentially be hit by a forklift truck, the A-SAFE barrier will absorb the impact. Hereby, the chance of injuries gets a lot smaller. The A-SAFE barrier absorbs the impact. So you can drive in to it with a forklift and both will be unharmed.”
Implementing A-SAFE’s polymer barriers in place of the pre-existing metal barriers highlighted Heineken’s consistent drive to improve safety and reduce the costs of damage.
The Installation Leader also noted that the barriers were so successful that they went on to be implemented in other areas inside the facility – and they may even go in to other areas in the future: "More were wanted in the CS&E department, who also found them aesthetically pleasing. And so we also placed the barriers around a number of columns in the warehouse. That's a real eye-catcher. The packaging department also passes by at a regular basis in the warehouse of CS&L, so they may also request A-SAFE barriers."