Accidents are an unfortunate part of life in warehouses. While there is no way to prevent all of them, OSHA says that as many as 70 percent of them are indeed avoidable with the right preventative measures.
What can be done to help reduce the number of warehouse mishaps that occur? Here are some tips for keeping everyone safe.
Pedestrian and Traffic Injuries
Forklifts and slip-and-fall incidents are one source of accidents that can be reduced by being proactive. Highly visible caution signs should alert workers to places where the floors can become slippery, and these areas should be reinforced with guard rails and safety mats. Anti-slip tape can help avoid mishaps on stairs. Meanwhile, risky forklift driver behavior must be curbed as speeding can play a big role in pedestrian injury.
Another common cause of accidents is traffic that is routed poorly. Visual limitations and corners make certain areas or rows more vulnerable to accidents than others, and rerouting might even be necessary in particularly troublesome spots. Forklifts also need to be kept in good working condition to keep traffic issues to a minimum.
Loading Dock Accidents
Risky behavior is one big cause of loading dock injuries, many of which involve workers getting pinned between forklifts and docks. Ongoing training ensures the risks remain fresh in everyone’s minds, while predictive analytics can identify drivers with poor track records so their behavior can be addressed.
Racking and Storage
Even with proper stationing, products can still fall off of shelves. Pallet racking systems should never be overloaded, and the employees who load them need to be trained and certified in their proper use. In addition, forklift drivers need to be trained in maneuvering through aisles and pallet racks to avoid setting racking mishaps into motion.
With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that the warehouse industry notes almost 15,000 injuries and illnesses every year, it is time to be proactive and ensure this statistic does not rise.
This blog post was based off of an article from TotalTrax, Inc. View the original here.