Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Nowhere is this more applicable than in a warehouse or distribution center, where our Trailer Dolly and these practical tips can help prevent costly workplace injuries.
Don’t Miss the Forest for the Trees
Some workplace incidents, such as forklift accidents, can result in serious and even life-threatening injuries. As a result, companies often focus on prevention of these types of occurrences.
Unfortunately, minor injuries, such as sprains and cuts, may be overlooked and considered an unavoidable side effect of warehouse work. In reality, such injuries can add up to the point where they create a negative impact on employee morale, workplace productivity and company profitability.
Injuries that fall in this category include:
- Sprains and strains from overexertion and repetitive movements, frequently affecting the lower back
- Cuts and splinters, which are easily treated but can lead to serious infections when exposed to the non-sterile environment of a warehouse or distribution center
- Slips, trips and falls may cause minor embarrassment and major physical injuries
Tips to Prevent Workplace Injuries
1. Switch to Plastic Pallets
Many musculoskeletal injuries come from lifting heavy items. Plastic pallets are lightweight, well within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines, and their smooth lines eliminate splinter hazards.
2. Institute a Program of Ergonomic Evaluation and Training
Handling small items can still cause injury if a worker is using poor form. Provide ongoing training in ergonomic practices and have managers review common daily tasks to see where there’s room for improvement. Check with your insurance carrier for any safety training programs they may offer.
3. Equip Workers with Protective Gear
The body’s extremities are some of the more vulnerable areas. Sturdy, rubber-soled boots protect feet from cuts and bruises as well as help prevent slips and falls, while plastic gloves safeguard cuts and splinters in hands and keep others from occurring.
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