In the final analysis the most important aspect of a working environment is the health and wellbeing of the workforce. Once this is undermined not only can the efficiency of a workplace be diminished but you may be in violation of stringent health and safety legislation.
Holes in the health and safety of a workplace often become apparent when the worst happens, i.e. when there is an accident. This is why it is particularly important to perform risk assessments on spaces and to provide for the multifarious needs of employees. For instance you might provide access to material handling equipment.
One of the key tenets of health and safety legislation is that workers should not exceed certain weights, in terms of lifting. There is much logic behind this, and lifting excessive weights, particularly over long periods, can lead to very serious back related health problems.
Where weights become too high to be safety lifted, manually, then material handling equipment can be used very effectively. Examples of this kind of equipment include pallet trucks and sack handling trucks.
Whilst safety is the most important thing here, the use of material handling gear can also dramatically improve the efficiency of a workforce, thereby improving how your business performs across a range of levels. In stockroom retail spaces, for example, things can move at a fast pace, and space is sometimes relatively constrained. Material handling equipment can be employed to facilitate the efficiency of these kinds of utilitarian, retail spaces.