When your warehouse is running smoothly, without accidents, it makes your management job a whole lot easier. Plus, without the setbacks of accidents, your warehouse can be more productive and a more positive environment for your employees. It’s important to realize that a warehouse without an accident is no accident – it takes a lot of careful planning and purposeful action.
Avoid These 4 Common Warehouse Accidents
To make your warehouse a safer place for your employees and more productive for business, follow these tips to prevent accidents.
Slips & Trips
More than 25% of warehouse accidents are due to slips and trips. While these are common accidents that can lead to major injuries, there are easy preventative measures you can take. Keep floors clean from spills, stray cords, packing materials, and anything else that doesn’t belong. Use a non-skid floor coating, and be sure to fill cracks that could cause workers to trip or equipment to be damaged.
Falls from Heights
Many accidents occur on the ground floor. However, major injuries and even fatalities are due to falls in the warehouse. Insist that employees handling materials use the proper equipment and procedures. Fall protection should also be used when employees are standing over four feet above the ground. This can be a lanyard, a harness, or both.
Forklifts & Pedestrians
Unfortunately, nearly 20% of forklift accidents involve a pedestrian in the warehouse. These accidents can cause major injuries and even fatalities. To prevent these accidents, it’s important to utilize barrier systems and proper signage. Warning lights that alert workers of heavy loads approaching are another important element in warehouse safety and accident prevention.
Exposure to Harmful Substances
Battery acid and propane are just two of many harmful substances that your workers can be exposed to throughout their workday that can cause injury if not handled properly. To avoid these types of accidents take these steps:
- Ensure there is proper ventilation
- Provide rubber gloves, safety goggles, and other protective gear
- Enforce required procedures when handling hazardous substances
Find the Right Workers for Your Warehouse
If you have open positions in your warehouse that you need to fill, contact Cabildo Staffing.