Most warehouses have obvious and easily identifiable safety concerns. Heavy machinery and electrical work, for example, are typically seen as the most dangerous jobs inside a warehouse. This means that most people are a lot more cautious when performing operations that involve either. But warehouses are also home to smaller, less obvious threats. Here are some hidden warehouse safety issues.
The human body can only sustain so much, and tired or over-exerted workers are more prone to errors. Straining when lifting items can cause back injuries, and operating heavy machinery when fatigued can be extremely dangerous. To prevent maintain your health at work—and consequently prevent human error—learn about the safest lifting methods, proper machine operations, and the importance of sleep and nutrition. A no-phone-in-the-warehouse rule could also positively contribute to your overall safety, as it cuts down on distractions.
Most warehouse work is done on the ground, so you may not always consider fall hazards as a real threat. There are plenty of fall risks in every warehouse, though—even if your feet never leave the ground. For example, spills can lead to slipping and injuries. Staircases, platforms, elevated walkways, and other raised surfaces also pose a threat to your safety. Make sure to take extra caution when working around these areas, especially if they don’t have railings. Stress the importance of cleaning up spills to your coworkers, and notify your manager when you identify a seeming threat.
Corrosion can cause countless issues in a warehouse, namely equipment and structural failure—both of which can result in serious injuries and, in some cases, death. A trained professional should regularly inspect corrosive materials around the warehouse, but you should do your best to keep equipment as clean as possible. If you’re worried about corrosion in your warehouse, ask your manager about the common warning signs and necessary procedures.