There are literally dozens of ways that you could get hurt on the job in a warehouse, but there are a few that are common that you can avoid. Knowing the risks and knowing how to mitigate them is a great way to avoid serious injuries and accidents in your workplace.
The potential hazards in any warehouse may include:
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
- Crushing incidents
These are only three of many potential risks, but these tend to happen more than others. For example, with so many boxes and materials around, slipping, tripping and falling is more likely. Similarly, crush injuries may happen if a box or material falls on a worker. Workers may also be crushed by forklifts or other large machinery in the warehouse.
Fires are also a risk, since there are so many items being stored in a warehouse. If a fire takes hold, it could spread rapidly, leading to smoke inhalation injuries and burns.
What can you do to avoid injuries in your warehouse?
One of the top ways to stay safe is just to be aware. Be aware of the things that are happening around you. Look at where you’re going and ask questions if you see any items that look like they may fall or be precariously positioned.
You and your team should also receive safety training from your employer. This training may help you learn more about how to escape a fire or where to find emergency equipment when it’s needed. Having regular safety training is a good way to keep yourself and everyone else safe. Then, if you are hurt, you’ll be able to seek workers’ compensation knowing that you did all you could to stay safe.