New Pathways in Distribution

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New Pathways In Distribution

Executive Summary

A growing alcohol distributor in Medford, Massachusetts realized that the traffic on their warehouse floor was heading towards a potential collision. Busy employees and fast-paced, motorized equipment were all traveling in the same space at the same time. Valuing the safety of their personnel and merchandise, the distributor contacted an authorized Wildeck, Inc. dealer, for help. The end result was a custom designed Wildeck work platform that created separate traffic flows for both employees and motorized equipment.

The Challenge

Elevated catwalk in a warehouse

A growing alcohol distributor in Medford, Massachusetts found themselves facing a logistical dilemma: how to create safer, more efficient paths for the people and equipment in their warehouse.

Employees accessing equipment on the warehouse’s ground floor frequently had to walk in front of high-speed doors. These high-speed doors served as an entryway for forklifts transporting the company’s fragile merchandise. Office personnel attempting to enter their second-level, modular offices also contributed to the on-going congestion on the ground floor. The potential for an employee/equipment accident was inevitable.

The alcohol distributor knew they needed a solution that would protect their investment in personnel and property. This solution would need to maintain productivity and establish safer traffic patterns for all parties involved.

Elevated catwalk seaprates people and forklifts.

Our Solution

The East Coast alcohol distributor presented their warehouse traffic problems to an authorized Wildeck dealer. As a trusted partner, the authorized Wildeck, Inc. dealer possessed the necessary resources to develop a solution tailored to their client’s specific needs.

Working together, Wildeck and the authorized dealer were able to design a customized Wildeck platform that mitigated the distributor’s potential collision course. An elevated catwalk would provide employees with a safe entryway into their second-level offices. Forklift traffic would flow more freely with the bulk of pedestrians safely contained in the overhead walkway.

Traditionally, catwalks serve as a pathway between two similarly elevated areas, allowing people to move quickly and freely. However, in the case of the Medford distribution facility, only one elevated area needed access to the pathway (the second-level, modular offices). By adding a stairway to the side of the platform, the catwalk could be easily accessed from the ground level. This unique application of a Wildeck platform provided the warehouse with more clearly defined paths for personnel. It also spared the company the time and inconvenience of an expensive remodeling project to gain more space.

Wildeck platforms and catwalks are designed with accessibility in mind. This accessibility can be used to connect elevated platforms or create pathways over obstructions. By providing an elevated vantage point, a Wildeck catwalk can also be used for facility observation. An investment in a Wildeck platform is an investment in a company’s safety and success.




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