Do you have a goal to reduce the number of workplace accidents in your warehouse this year? Proactive safety measures, such as use of our electric Trailer Dolly, boost employee morale and improve productivity. Here are some helpful tips to reduce the risk of warehousing accidents.
1. Use proper equipment.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, back injuries make up 20 percent of workplace injuries. Ease the strain on workers by providing them with a Trailer Dolly and other appropriate safety equipment.
2. Promote education and awareness.
Is safety part of your workplace culture? Ongoing training, visible signage and regular communication help employees to integrate safety awareness in their daily activities.
3. Use proper shelving procedures.
Pallet rack collapse is one of the top causes of warehouse injuries. This can be due to either structural damage or improper procedures, such as overloading pallets. Conduct regular inspections of pallet racks and instruct workers in the correct way to stack and move pallets.
4. Conduct fire safety drills.
Fire drills aren’t just for schools. Warehouse fires cause an average annual cost of $283 million in property damages and personal injuries. Regular fire drills are the best way to ensure that workers know what to do and alarms are in good working order.
5. Have first-aid kits readily accessible.
If an employee does suffer an injury, prompt treatment can go a long way toward lessening the severity. Keep plenty of OSHA-standard first-aid kits on hand in easily accessible places, as well as a defibrillator in case of cardiac arrest.
6. Have good ventilation.
Breathing is something we take for granted until smoke or fumes make it difficult. Install exhaust fans to keep air circulating.
7. Enforce clothing standards.
A dress code usually invokes images of formal wear, but a safety “dress code” goes a long way toward reducing risk of injuries. Workers should avoid loose-fitting clothes and always use hard hats, goggles and other protective gear.
Reduce Workplace Accidents with the Trailer Dolly from DJ Products
Our battery-powered tugs, movers and pushers help to keep your workplace injury-free and productive. Contact us to learn more.