There are a number of serious safety precautions to make when working in a warehouse. Here are some of the top warehouse safety hazards and how to avoid them.
Heavy Equipment Accidents– When employees are working with heavy equipment every day such as a forklift, they can get very complacent with it. This is extremely dangerous as they can begin to underestimate the danger of the machine. You should ensure that all employees understand the potential hazards for a forklift truck as well as other warehouse machines present. Always follow the specific instructions provided for the equipment and avoid situations where a forklift accident could be possible. It would also be worth ensuring that any forklift truck battery has been serviced and charged to prevent any possible explosions or health issues.
Slips and Trips– Slipping is a very common warehouse hazard that can be easily avoided by making sure you eliminate all of the following factors: loose material’s like sawdust, liquids, unnecessary steps or ridges, boxes from the floor and dark areas. Anti-slip floor tape is also an essential for ensuring the safety of your staff.
Falls– This is probably the most common accident that happens in a warehouse. Everyone is always at risk of falling, not just when working above ground level. Slipping and falling is a common cause of injury among warehouse employees. It is important to always remember your training and stay aware of your surroundings when working on loading docks. Additionally, whenever there is a large drop between floors, proper guard railing is essential.
Fires– A fire can jeopardise your entire warehouse, but is also among the most preventable accidents. Having building permits clearly marked fire exits, exit strategies and fire extinguishers will all help to prevent fires. This isn’t certain to stop a fire however and some of the main things to avoid are: worn and exposed wires such as old extension cords, leaking flammable fluids and gasses and running electrical cords under carpet.
Exposure to Harmful Substances– Asbestos is an extremely harsh substance and can be a very serious workplace hazard. If any of your employees feel that their working conditions are not adequate they can flag down your warehouse for inspection. Therefore, you should always ensure that your employees are being taken care of. This includes things like cleaning substances that contain toxic ingredients, alkaline traction battery corrosion, gas and oil.
Objects– A common practice in a warehouse is handling objects and stacking them on high platforms and shelves. It is vital to always keep heavy loads stacked neatly to avoid any shifting loads or any round objects rolling off shelves and causing serious injuries.