Avoiding Common Workplace Injuries in the Warehouse
November 17, 2022
November 17, 2022
Managing a safe and productive workplace is a top priority for any business. Within a warehouse or fulfillment center for retailers, e-commerce businesses and third-party logistics providers, the challenges associated with the job also involve the potential for physical injuries. Whether operating heavy machinery or picking and packing items for shipping, workers should be well equipped and educated in workplace safety protocols. Warehouse managers should also examine the layouts and equipment of their workplaces to improve the ergonomics of the environment.
Overexertion can happen through repeated stressful movements over time, such as manually moving boxes, wrapping objects, or even remaining in unnatural body positions due to cramped or poorly spaced working environments.
Overexertion can also be caused by attempting to move or force interaction with objects that are heavy or unwieldy, leading to a sudden injury.
When the workplace is poorly organized it can become difficult to navigate and properly move and store items. That can lead to accidents where objects fall on people, or they lose their own footing. In situations where there is poor visibility, slippery surfaces, or differences in the height of ground, like loading docks, the danger of these accidents is greater.
One of the most dangerous pieces of equipment in the warehouse is the forklift, used to lift and move pallets laden with goods and materials. This piece of heavy machinery is responsible for multiple deaths every year. Other heavy machinery within the warehouse can also pose a danger, and proper training should accompany environmental factors such as clearly delineated signage for operating areas. While the forklift stands out as a common and potentially dangerous piece of equipment, proper training is a requirement for any machinery used on the job.
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