When pre-planning for potential incidents, employers must consider the environment of the warehouse. A typical design of any warehouse involves matching rows of storage units and shelving for industrial parts. This is one of the critical factors that determine the safety of a workspace. Meanwhile, refer to others below:
Slips, Trips and Falls
Occupational Safety and Health Administration reveals that slips, trips, and falls are common in the general industry. It causes around 15 percent of total accidental deaths and the disturbing part about this is that it comes second to motor vehicles for fatalities. Even though the frequency is at ultimate high, this is one of the most preventable accidents if proper safety procedures are set up.
It is important that workers preserve clear and tidy work area free from mess to help reduce risks that can lead to slip, trip and fall injuries. Moreover, when there is a spill, workers should do the required steps to clean it up as soon as possible and ensure that people cannot pass by there until the task is done.
Hazardous Material Incidents
Distribution and production centres mostly get shipments that have volatile or hazardous materials, which means that accidental spills can happen. Even though people believe that huge spills cause the most danger, small spills and leaks can still heighten the chances. Employers must come up with an effective hazmat plan to get the employees ready for chemical spills. They should also provide them necessary training to properly clean-up and contain the material.
Moreover, owners must provide every worker their personal protective equipment and the latest safety data sheets when working with hazardous materials. With an efficient response plan ready, workers will know how to quickly manage any spill situation to lessen chances of any injury.
Accidents in warehouses might seem difficult to address, but pre-planning possible causes can lead to a safer workplace and a prepared environment.