Warehouse hazards are things that workers should always remember to avoid accidents. A warehouse isn’t the safest place to work in, so a worker should know what and what not to do when inside one. Here are 7 common warehouse hazards to take note and avoid:
1. Falling objects
Most warehouses have boxes and goods piled up to heights only a ladder could reach. It is also a handling practice of a warehouse to keep things in platforms or shelves to maximize spaces. When you see boxes not properly arranged or piled up, make sure to keep them stacked upright to keep them from falling.
Forklifts are industrial trucks used in large warehouses. It is utilized to lift and move heavy materials from one place to another. When loaded with goods exceeding the limitation, its lift may break and hurt the people around the machine. Also, forklifts must not be used in high speed when loaded with heavy goods. Machines like this must not be underestimated by operators once they get used to using it to ensure the safety of the people around.
3. Failure to wear protective equipment
Even before entering a warehouse, one should wear the necessary pieces of clothing to avoid accidents. One may be exposed to dangers when you have no protective gear.
4. Slipping or tripping
Warehouses are busy workplaces. One of the common warehouse hazards in it is tripping over wires or scaffolding. When using ladders, workers should also wear protective gear, and make sure that ladders are stable.
One of the common warehouse hazards that employees face is physical injuries. Working in a warehouse would usually require one to move around things or machines. Thus, prolonged exposure to these kinds of activities without proper movements may lead to bodily strain.
Mentioned above are just 5 things that may pose risks inside a warehouse. To know more about other warehouse issues, join Dr. Enrico Mina, Senior Lecturer and Director of Executive Master of Business Administration Program (EMBA) of Papua New Guinea University of Technology as he discusses on this topic on September 27, 2017, at the RCBC Plaza Makati.
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