In the supply chain and logistics world, the responsible use of Material Handling Equipment (MHE) is integral to the safety of any successful supply chain operation. The term MHE encompasses a wide variety of equipment involved in the transporting, controlling, storing, protecting and enumerating of products at any step in the supply chain. Given the important role of this equipment to daily operations, it is essential to properly train MHE operators on how to safely connect and disconnect a battery during a battery change. Proper training is key to ensuring that employees don’t use unsafe methods for disconnecting an MHE battery, such as repetitively pulling on the cables to dislodge the connector. Failure to do so can lead to electrocution of a team member or even a fire due to the interaction of hydrogen gas and sparks from exposed wires.
Disconnect the battery by holding the connecting handle to dislodge the connector. Do not pull the battery cable.
When changing a battery, ensure the battery cable is properly tucked in to avoid damage.
To protect against these potential hazards and work towards the goal of zero accidents in the workplace, VersaCold requires the following best practices when connecting and disconnecting an MHE battery during a battery change.