Top Warehouse Safety Tips To Protect Your Workers
Working in a warehouse can be a dangerous practise and cause many health and safety risks. Without the correct training and awareness for staff, accidents could occur that will put you and your colleagues at risk. Make sure to read through this blog for tips on the best practises and how to stay safe whilst working in a warehouse.
Forklift and lift trucks are useful pieces of machinery in warehouses. But operating them comes with a lot of risks. Forklift related accidents account for around 85 deaths every year, as well as 35,000 serious injuries. This is why it is important to follow this advice to ensure you are safe whilst at work.
- Only people who are trained should operate vehicles in a warehouse.
- Speed limits should be put in place and enforced.
- The surface the vehicles are travelling over should be flat and undamaged.
- Appropriate signage should be present in your warehouse to warn drivers of potential pedestrians or obstacles.
- Vehicles should be regularly inspected to ensure there is no damage.
- Aisles should be kept free of obstructions to help prevent accidents.
Whilst working in a warehouse, staff may be required to lift heavy objects either unassisted or with machinery. Some tips to increase safety whilst lifting heavy objects include:
- Avoid manual handling where possible.
- Staff should be trained on manual handling safety to minimise strain.
- Operators of lifting equipment should know the maximum safe working load.
Pallets and Racking
Unloading pallets onto racking is common in warehouses, but this must be done safely to avoid the pallets being dropped and causing an accident. The following tips will help increase safety in warehouses when loading and unloading pallets onto racking.
- Staff should be trained to load pallets securely.
- Staff should follow the safe stacking height and weight capacity.
- Pallets should be inspected before use to ensure they don’t contain any loose nails or debris.
- Provide staff with personal protective equipment (PPE).
Personal Protective Equipment
Whilst working in a warehouse, staff might need personal protective equipment (PPE) to further help protect them. Some of this equipment might include:
- High visibility jackets
- Hard hats
- Safety shoes
- Eye protection
- Hearing protection
How we can help
At C&C, we fabricate a range of different products that can help keep you and your workers safe whilst working in a warehouse. From mezzanine floors, safety barriers, bollards, machine guards, suspended walkways and platforms to staircases, lifting frames and work stations.
The services we offer include; welding, cutting, punching, folding, powder coating and laser cutting.
If you’re concerned about the safety of your work environment or would like to enquire about our metal fabrication services, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us today.