An ever-increasing number of retailers are relying on warehouse personnel to receive, store, and distribute products directly to end users. This results in an increased demand for warehouse workers. You can minimize the risks of warehouse injuries by incorporating efficient material handling equipment and being mindful of these four common warehouse injuries.
Falling objects and collapsing pallet racks
Forklifts can be useful when moving and lifting heavy loads. One person has an immense amount of power literally right at their fingertips. A slight distraction can result in someone being struck by falling objects or an entire rack of products. Consider having assigned safety personnel who regularly inspect racks and other areas where forklifts are used for potential dangers.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 100 U.S. workers are killed by forklift accidents each year and another 20,000 sustain serious injuries. Reducing the number of forklift accidents requires worker training, ongoing safe work practices, and warehouse traffic management. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has tips to prevent injuries and deaths to people operating and working near forklifts.
Slips, trips, and falls
Approximately 15 percent of all accidental deaths are due to slips, trips, and falls. These accidents are common in all work industries. They are also among the easiest to prevent. All employees should be vigilant about reporting spills, damaged flooring, and other safety hazards. Managers must promptly correct any unsafe condition.
Warehouse work involves pulling, lifting, and carrying products. Overexertion injuries are common and very expensive for companies. Provide your workers with energy-efficient material handling equipment specifically designed for busy warehouses. Contact DJ Products to consult with one of our sales engineers and schedule a free demo.