Warehouses are meant to be a productive workspace, where every employee has a role to play. Of course, this can only happen when everyone is aware of the safety measures installed around them that allow operations to flow seamlessly and without issues. Warehouse accidents don’t just slow down operations; they can have disastrous, sometimes even fatal outcomes, so safety needs to be top of the list at all times. But what can you do to prevent accidents in the warehouse, is there a way to safeguard the workplace?

The good news is that there are steps you can take that will drastically reduce the odds of an accident occurring. Here are some of the more important tips to use.

Ensure There is No Risk of Falling Objects

Warehouses are notorious for having products and equipment stacked pretty far up in boxes and pallets. Unfortunately, these stacks can become unstable and compromised, and then you risk objects falling. These falling objects can cause some very serious injuries to unsuspecting workers.

So, what’s the solution? Ensure palettes and boxes are stacked in a safe manner, are secure, and aren’t over-stacked at dangerous heights.

Training Needs to Be Provided On All Pieces of Equipment

It’s also important that in-house training is provided on all pieces of equipment. For example, let’s say your employees need to be able to operate a forklift and they already have experience in another job with a different company. While this is a great first step, it shouldn’t replace your own in-house training on how to operate forklifts safely. As Trucks Direct point out in the linked article, there is a lot more involved in safe forklift handling than just picking the right model for the job. It’s important to go over such things as wearing a hi-vis jacket, a hard hat, how to use the basics of the forklift, making sure the driver is paying attention to everything around them, thinking about the load stability, checking the terrain they are driving on, and even doing a safety check of the forklift before and after use.

Prevent the Chance of Slips and Falls

Slipping and falling is another common reason for injury in warehouses, which is why aisles and walkways need to be kept clean and clear of debris, liquids, and other potential hazards.

Proper Lifting Etiquette Needs to Be Followed

While it may not seem like a big deal to allow employees to lift heavy boxes and objects, the fact is that this too can cause an accident in the workplace. By lifting a heavy object incorrectly, the person can severely hurt their shoulders, back, and feet. Training on how to lift heavy objects properly, the use of an occupational belt/supportive belt, and using machinery to do the lifting should all be adopted.

A Long List of Preventative Steps

This is just a few of the steps you can take to help prevent accidents in a warehouse setting, but it shouldn’t stop there. Any way you can safeguard employees and the workplace will work in your favour.

Ella Woodward, contributing writer