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What are the Top Five Warehouse Injuries?

, What are the Top Five Warehouse Injuries?

Warehousing Tips

When it comes to your warehouse safety program, does it focus on the areas of greatest risk? Our trailer dolly is a great tool for protecting employees against these top five warehouse injuries.

1. Forklift and Heavy Machinery Accidents

Not surprisingly, forklifts and other machinery are involved in the greatest number of warehouse injuries. Statistics from the Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicate that forklift-related accidents number close to 100,000 each year. All workers should be fully trained in the operation of forklifts and heavy machinery, with periodic reviews to maintain awareness.

2. Slips and Trips

Slipping and tripping may seem like relatively mild mishaps, but they can lead to serious injuries and even fatalities. Proper maintenance is the best safeguard against such incidents. Make sure aisles are kept clear and spills are promptly cleaned up. Other tips include:

    • Install adequate lighting to improve visibility.
    • Clearly mark steps, ramps and other areas where the floor is not flat.
    • Encourage workers to get in the habit of not leaving boxes, pallets and materials unattended on the warehouse floor.


3. Musculoskeletal Injuries

During the workday, employees are in almost constant motion, with tasks frequently involving movement of heavy items. Sprains and strains can sometimes lead to chronic pain, which affects productivity both short- and long-term. Train workers in proper ergonomic techniques and provide personal protective equipment, such as back braces and knee supports.

4. Pallet Rack Collapses

When a pallet rack collapses, it can trigger a domino effect by causing its contents to spill out. It may even result in nearby pallets collapsing. Invest in high-quality pallet racks that conform to safety standards and avoid overloading them.

5. Falls

Warehouse falls account for more than 95 million lost workdays annually. Instruct employees to use approved ladders to reach high levels, rather than climbing on forklifts or shelves, and repair any uneven sections of the floor.

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