Running a warehouse is a complex operation, and there are countless safety hazards that can arise unexpectedly when workers are unprepared. From forklift collisions to falling merchandise, you just never know what can go wrong. If you want to preclude the possibility of a serious accident, injury, or spill occuring in your warehouse, follow these three warehouse safety tips.
Identify & Address Potential Safety Hazards
The first and most important thing you should do to prevent warehouse accidents is to analyze the work area and find any and all potential safety hazards. Are pallets and products stacked evenly? If not, or if you are unsure and simply want to prepare for the worst-case scenario, wire mesh decks will protect your workers from falling pallets and products. You must also make sure to address other potential issues like leaks and wet floors, faulty equipment, and more.
Educate Warehouse Workers
Another crucial component of warehouse safety is awareness. With heavy gear and dangerous equipment being moved around constantly throughout the day, it is vitally important to know where other workers are, no matter what you are doing on the floor. A good start is to encourage employees to use their voice more, and shout to one another and identify their location when they are moving with dangerous equipment.
Always Use Safety Equipment
Make sure your employees are always wearing safety gear when they are working on in a warehouse. This includes protective eyewear, hard hats, and other safety equipment as needed. You should also ensure that sprinklers are not blocked by moving equipment or products/materials being stored in the way. You should also look into safety add-ons for your equipment and machinery, as this is one of the best ways to prevent potential warehouse disasters and employee injuries.
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