Warehouses can have a few dozen, a few hundred or a few thousand employees and should, in theory be reasonably safe and pleasant places to work in. But in order for those employees to be able to go home at the end of a shift intact and uninjured there needs to be adequate health and safety equipment and procedures in situ.
Many accidents which occur in warehouse environments tend to be caused by the same sort of things:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Manual handling or lifting
- Falls from height or being hit by objects falling from height
- Forklift or moving accidents
Injuries caused in these situations can range from minor strains, cuts and bruises to fractures and even head injuries. In most cases they can lead to employees having to take time off sick and in the most serious cases litigation can be the result. It pays an employer, therefore to make sure all necessary safety equipment is available. Here are our top 7 recommendations.
It seems obvious that many trips are caused by workers falling over items, or walking into items that really shouldn’t be out on the floor. A workplace storage cabinet is essential for storing away items that could be dangerous like cleaning fluids, oils or grease. Tools and machinery should also be safely and securely stored away when not in use.
It is vital that all employees are aware of the location of fire safety equipment within the workplace and signs, which indicate the position of fire extinguishers, are essential. The location of fire doors should be clearly signposted.
Working at height
All warehouses should ensure their employees can retrieve items from high shelves, or are able to work at height safely, with the use of the correct ladders, steps or platforms.
Accidents and emergencies
Even in the best-equipped workplace accidents will still happen occasionally and measures must be in place to deal with them when they occur. This means having adequate first aid supplies together with a designated first aid practitioner.
Personal protective equipment
If employees are working with hazardous substances or in dusty environments they should be supplied with proper protective equipment to protect them from harm.
It is easy to become complacent about safety on a day-to-day basis so employees must be reminded of risks and hazards with the use of proper hazard signage and this should be kept up to date and free from obstructions so that it can be clearly seen.
Manual handling and lifting safety
Every warehouse operator knows that many accidents and injuries are caused because of poor or incorrect lifting techniques. When employees are required to move heavy equipment the correct lifting machinery such as a forklift truck or other hydraulic lifter should be available.
We are all aware that accidents occur in the workplace but when managers and employees work together, using the correct health and safety equipment, these can be massively reduced.