There are many hazards that you could face in a warehouse work environment. Some of them have the potential to cause serious accidents and injuries that leave people badly hurt or fatally wounded.
Fortunately, it’s possible to avoid many of the hazards that impact people in warehouses. Here are some of the most common hazards and more information on how you can stay safe.
The top 5 hazards in a warehouse environment
In a warehouse, the top hazards include:
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Trip hazards
- Moving parts
- Chemical exposure
- Crushing hazards
Fortunately, there are safety tips that can help you avoid injuries even if these hazards are present.
Heavy equipment accidents
Heavy equipment has the potential to be dangerous, especially if those using it are not trained. When you’re around heavy equipment, make sure you use hand signals and bright clothing to stay safe. If the machinery must be used or moved, only those with appropriate certifications and licenses should move it.
Another risk is a trip hazard. To avoid tripping accidents, clear any walkways and be sure to pick up debris in the workplace.
The next thing to remember is that many pieces of machinery, as well as vehicles and tools, have moving parts. If you have long hair or a beard, make sure to secure it to prevent it from getting caught up in the moving parts.
Chemical exposure is possible in most workplaces. Be aware of the chemicals you’re working with as well as the steps to take in an emergency. Know where the eyewash station is located and be prepared to call 911 if a spill harms you or another worker.
Finally, watch out for crushing hazards from large moving vehicles or falling items. Secure loads and always pay attention to your surroundings if you’re walking or driving. If someone is trapped under a heavy object, don’t move them. Wait until help arrives.
These are five hazards and some tips to help you stay safe. If you do get hurt, workers’ compensation may help cover your financial losses, medical bills and other needs.