Accidents in a warehouse can have devastating consequences for the employees involved as well as the business. In this environment, many dangers are present, so accidents can unfortunately happen frequently. By looking at some of the most likely culprits, though, you can take steps to drastically reduce the likelihood of an accident in your warehouse.
1. Safer Pallets
When wood pallets start to break down, they are prone to structural failure, which can be very dangerous to work with. Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are two kinds of plastic pallets available that can solve this problem. PE has great shock absorption, and PP is great at withstanding friction and high temperatures. Additionally, these plastic pallets last longer than wood, so it saves money for your business in the end.
2. Proper Machinery Use, Care, and Updates
Machinery has historically been responsible for the worst accidents that take place in a warehouse, namely forklifts. Other than operator error, these accidents can result from improperly maintained lift trucks, causing malfunction during use. Additionally, misusing the equipment, like driving too fast or using the forks to push objects can create very dangerous situations. If you’re using forklifts, keep current on maintenance and repair. For an even safer alternative, invest in battery-powered tuggers for horizontal movement. These eliminate several of the risks present when using a forklift.
3. Reduce Chances of Slipping: Non-Slip Surfaces and Cleaning up Spills
Non-slip surfaces help prevent falls and help add traction for vehicles. You can paint your floor with anti-slip paint to help add grip to shoes and wheels. The paint also protects against scratches and scuffs that can cause tripping hazards, too. As for spills, slips aren’t the only concern here. Contamination can also be an issue. Strategically placed “clean-up kits” can help employees stay on top of leaks and spills, preventing issues associated with them.
4. Optimize Visibility
When a warehouse is crowded and bustling, already questionable visibility issues are exacerbated. A few ways to help with this are 1) ensure you have adequate lighting in all areas where accidents are likely to occur; 2) place mirrors in places where people are coming around corners and through walkways; 3) replace any equipment that limits visibility as you are able. (For example, the power tugger provides optimal visibility compared to the forklift.)
Remember that risk assessment is also something that is not only a best practice, but also a legal requirement. Be sure to develop a proper assessment as part of your risk management system.
If you’re using a forklift, find out if a power tugger can greatly improve your safety and productivity. Contact the industry experts at Load Mover Inc for a consultation: 952-767-1720; firstname.lastname@example.org