IT-assisted equipment safety checks system to improve compliance: A case study at a distribution center

David T Goomas, Paul Heng Ping Yeow

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    Abstract

    It is a US regulatory requirement for workers to perform equipment checks such testing the horn, steering, brakes, etc. on motorized vehicles to ensure safety before using them. Such checks could reduce the yearly 20,000 injuries and 100 deaths due to motorized vehicle accidents. The objective was to develop a framework for a computerized equipment safety checks system to increase check compliance behavior of workers. The system leverages on the existing warehouse management system and its barcode readers. A case study was presented on the effectiveness of the system implemented in a distribution center. The research compared an eight-week baseline paper-based system with a five-week computerized system implemented in the same center. Results showed significant improvement in compliance behavior measured by the reduction of percentage of missing check forms from 2 to 0 . Video recordings, workers satisfaction interviews and survey data showed evidence of the effectiveness of the computerized system in providing immediate cognitive feedback on the correct behavior and preventing equipment use before completion of checks, thus leading to compliance. The workers found the system easy to use and ensured their safety. The framework can be replicated in other industrial settings to improve compliance and safety.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77 - 86
    Number of pages10
    JournalSafety Science
    Volume60
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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