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WAREHOUSE HAZARDS AND SOLUTIONS

More than 145,000 people work in warehouses. The fatal injury rate for the warehousing industry is higher than the national average for all other industries. Keeping this in mind, it is important for warehouse employees to understand the potential hazards in the workplace, as well as the safety measures to be taken in order to prevent those hazards.

DOCKS: forklift running off the dock, falling product, equipment strikes a person So what can you do? Drive forklifts slowly with caution, ensure dock plates can support the load, don’t allow anyone to jump on the dock.

FORKLIFTS: turnovers So what can you do? Train ALL operators to ensure they can operate forklifts properly, maintain all equipment, make sure condition of forklift is safe, never exceed 5 mph, avoid horseplay, do not handle loads that are heavier than the forklift, make all employees aware of potential dangers.

STORAGE: falling materials injuring workers So what can you do? Stack loads straight, place heavy loads on lower shelves, remove objects one at a time, keep passageways clear.

MANUAL LIFTING: back injuries So what can you do? Provide task-specific training, minimize the need for manual lifting, ask for help if something is too heavy to lift on your own.

MISCELLANEOUS: issues stemming from failure to wear protective gear, inadequate safety provisions So what can you do? Establish provisions for emergency exits and evacuation, lay out procedures for accounting for all employees and visitors to the site, make sure all employees know where fire extinguishers and other emergency equipment is located.

Courtesy of OSHA

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