The seminar recently took place at Citywest Hotel, Dublin, and featured talks on insurance, commercial property, safety, and other aspects of warehousing
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In his opening address, Jarlath Sweeney, editor of ‘Handling Network’ magazine and group editor at Fleet Publications, welcomed everyone to the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, and gave an outline of the event. Sweeney then introduced the moderator for the seminar,Deirdre Sinnott, senior policy inspector at the Health and Safety Authority.

Sinnott felt there was “huge potential growth in the warehousing industry and this growth is welcome”. However, she also noted that due to the nature of the work it contained a number of inherent risks which need to be addressed and eliminated. These risks she noted emanate from working at height, slips trips and falls, from moving vehicles, powered pallet trucks and forklifts. She describes the injuries sustained when powered equipment is involved as often “catastrophic”.

Reducing risks in the workplace


Another speaker interested in reducing risks in the workplace was Mike Murphy of Mike Murphy Insurance, and with more than 50 years in the underwriting business, his experience is invaluable.  Murphy’s informative presentation covered a number of topics relating to warehousing and storage. In particular, his points focusing on liability and the customer’s assumptions or expectations as to what exactly the ‘Warehousemans’ insurance covered, was quite revealing.

He advised that all warehouse customers should maintain cover on their goods as the Warehousemans’ insurance only covers for negligence on the part of the warehouse. This policy does not cover the customer for loss of profit or any taxes or charges that may apply.

One of Ireland’s most successful indigenous companies is Combilift and sister brand Aisle-Master in Monaghan. Its MD Martin McVicar explained that a major reason for the company’s success is the way it works with businesses to deliver the most efficient operating methods.

This begins with a warehouse planned as a two-dimensional drawing, from which a three-dimensional fully animated image is generated. This means potential problems can be resolved, allowing for simple implementation which begins to create efficiencies immediately. “The space savings brought about by good planning means that your forklift is free,” said McVicar.

The latest trends in commercial property


One aspect of the current business climate that is far from free is land and property. Jarlath Lynn, of Real Estate Agents CBRE, presented his company’s thoughts on the latest trends in commercial property.

Importantly, he noted that companies need to keep in mind future developments with regard to the increased electrification of not only warehouse equipment, it may also include staff cars, and possibly delivery vehicles. Accounting for the future also extends to potential increases in vehicle size, and an increased demand for transport ‘hubs’ to cater for last mile deliveries.

Good planning can eliminate many issues before they become a problem. This is the approach McArdle Skeath took with the construction of its new storage premises in Hollystown, Dublin 15. Micheál McArdle explained a number of the issues that arose before, and during the construction of its state-of-the-art facility, which included a full archaeological survey of the site.

However, as McArdle pointed out “problem solving is an ethos in our company – that’s what we do”. He also explained many of the high points the project brought as it progressed to completion. One of which is the service it can now offer to customers.

The seminar certainly gave the audience a great deal to consider and discuss over the networking lunch, and all agreed it was an informative and useful event. It has signalled some important topics for discussion during the next Handling Network Seminar.

For further details and registration please contact Anne-Marie Grant on +353 86 1451330, events@fleet.ie or visit www.handling-network.com.

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In his opening address, Jarlath Sweeney, editor of 'Handling Network' magazine and group editor at Fleet Publications, welcomed everyone to the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, and gave an outline of the event. Sweeney then introduced the moderator for the seminar,Deirdre Sinnott, senior policy inspector at the Health and Safety Authority. Sinnott...