10 Tips to Avoid Warehouse Accidents
When working in a warehouse, one is usually surrounded by a lot of people doing their work. In this scenario, everyone within that warehouse must be equally careful and safe in order to avoid any sort of accidents.
In the following lines, we’ll talk about 10 of the ways through which you or your employees can avoid warehouse accidents.
1. Workplace Culture
Employers will usually focus on just getting the job done as part of the workplace culture. However, in a warehouse, where the danger lies at every corner, it would be better if safety was part of the workplace culture as well.
In this respect, superiors must emphasize the importance of safety – always making sure that employees wear safety equipment, are properly trained, and so on.
2. Safe Lifting
Working in a warehouse involves heavy objects that may have to be lifted by employees. In this respect, during their training period, their superior must make sure that every employee is lifting cargo safely, in order to avoid back strain.
3. Machine Inspection
This is not only a should do, but a must in many cases. The employer/superior has to make sure that the machines/ equipment the employees are working with is inspected regularly so that the chances of an accident are minimized.
4. Floor Check
Many accidents can also be caused by falls, trips, and slips. In this respect, superiors must check the safety quality, so to say, of the walkways within the warehouse. Slopes, unsecured mats, or stray cables must be either dealt with or got out of the way. They also have to make sure that the area is well lit.
5. Changes in Weather
With every change of weather, the superior/employer has to make sure that any natural hazards are removed from the floors or access areas – such as snow and water. Naturally, they’ll have to either wash or wax the floors, case in which they have to appropriately mark the area so that the employees can be more careful around it.
6. Proper Wear of Protective Gear
Naturally, you’ll have your workers wear protective gear at all times, as required by law. However, their superior must also make sure that they wear that gear correctly. The main parts of the protective gear must be in good, close to pristine condition in order to avoid any types of incidents.
7. Protective Shoes
It is most likely that the workers will have to handle heavy and more than heavy cargo as well – in this respect, they have to be equipped with protective shoes, in order to avoid any foot or toe damage. Usually, shoes with a metal tip are recommended for such work conditions.
8. Obstacle Clearing
Even though you’ll be working inside a warehouse, the place should not be a mess – in short, the driveways and walkways should be clear of any cargo or obstacles, especially if you know that a forklift is going to be operated in that area.
For example, a forklift must be able to reach and access the pallets it needs without having to go through a path that has obstacles.
9. Forklift Safety
As the forklift is a common vehicle one sees with any pallet delivery sent to their warehouse, it is important that the worker that operates it, as well as those that work around it, know the safety precautions they have to take in order to avoid any incidents.
In this respect, the superior must make sure that the forklift operators are properly trained, experienced, and that those that don’t operate forklifts know how to behave and be safe when working around such machines.
Moreover, the machines have to be inspected regularly, as mentioned before.
10. Workplace Safety Markings
According to the NIOSH, roughly 20 percent of the accidents that take place in a warehouse or involve forklifts also involve pedestrians – around 19,000 people injured every year.
Therefore, the work area must be marked properly using visual barriers. A barrier system must be put in place and there must be warning signs that flag the pedestrians they are about to enter a hazardous area. There should also be blue lights as well as red zone warning in order to signal where heavy equipment is operating or approaching.
These are the main tips that will help you avoid any warehouse accidents. Take them seriously and put them into practice ASAP if you haven’t done so until now.