In warehouse work environments, employers have to be mindful and implement training on risk mitigation during employee training. There are many precautions that can be taken to reduce the amount of injuries that take place in a warehouse environment. Companies that are proactive in preventing warehouse accidents will foster better safety protocols and ultimately improve employee health and well-being.
Here’s a breakdown of precautions your organization can take to prevent three of the most common warehouse accidents.
Slips and Falls
With slips and falls constituting the majority of warehouse-related accidents, it’s critical that ample safety precautions are in place for workers on the manufacturing floor. This means ensuring clean work spaces in which employees can perform tasks without feeling confined or obstructed.
Furthermore, all work areas should be clean at all times. If an area becomes cluttered or has a spill, it should be cleaned up immediately so that employees are not at risk of losing their footing. Establishing protocols for handling spills and cleaning workspaces will give employees the appropriate guidelines for preventing an unkept work environment.
Exposure to Hazardous Material
It goes without saying that in a manufacturing atmosphere, there’s hazardous waste and materials that can threaten the health and safety of employees. Making sure employees have any required personal protective equipment (PPE) and apparel, such as hazmat suits and hard hats, will help to protect them from harmful exposure when handling hazardous materials. It’s also important that employees know the proper protocols for cleaning up dangerous chemical spills quickly and efficiently so that risk of injury and harmful exposure is minimized.
Many causes of forklift accidents are addressed in comprehensive safety training. When it comes to operating forklifts, all employees using the lifts should be fully trained on the proper usage and maintenance of these vehicles as to reduce risk of injury from mishaps. Even the most seasoned forklift operators should be required to undergo ongoing training so they are refreshed on the most current safety practices.
By being proactive with safety procedures, your organization can take steps not only to prevent potentially fatal accidents but create a work environment in which every employee can feel safe and secure.
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