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As most people know, warehouses are big spaces. And, in warehouses, several devices, equipment, and machinery are needed to navigate through the entire facility, pick and drop orders, control, and manage stocks and inventory. For one, a warehouse for rent in Kansas City is big enough to store hundreds and thousands of objects, goods, and other products. It would really be a challenge for warehouse managers, operators, and other employees to safely perform warehouse operations.

Nowadays, warehouse facilities tend to struggle in terms of maintaining human resources. One reason is caused by retirement. Former warehouse employees have yet to retire while there are only a few newly hired and trained workers in the industry. Another reason is safety. Today, warehouse operations are starting to be so hefty that it becomes a safety problem for most workers. Daily warehouse operations can get so hazardous that those businesses in the warehouse industry have to evaluate and reflect more on the different factors that could affect warehouse safety. With that, we’ve laid out a few of these factors and some tips to prevent warehouse accidents, which, in turn, can also help in the decline of warehouse employees today.

Electrical Hazards

If you’re not very much aware of it, yes, some of the most serious and most dangerous hazards and accidents in warehouses involve anything electrical. At any given point, your warehouse employees may possibly be exposed to electric circuits and other risks when making your way through racks, working on a particular device, picking up or dropping off goods, or coming into contact with electrical faults.

Most of the time, businesses in the warehouse industry tend to let their employees fix electrical problems within the facility. This is because it saves so much money as compared to hiring professional electric teams. However, this is not entirely advisable, nor is it safe for both your workers and the entire facility. It’s important that you hire professional electricians for these types of issues to avoid further complications, electricity-related injuries, and added expenses (who do you expect to cover for all the hospital bills?).

Heavy Equipment

Working in a warehouse for quite a long time while also handling heavy equipment must get so uncomfortable for warehouse workers. Although this can serve as one [significant] advantage in the overall work productivity, it can also be a disadvantage as you might be forgetting about the dangers of handling heavy machines or equipment.

To avoid this, always make it a point to brief your workers about the potential dangers heavy machines or equipment may bring, including forklifts. If anything, you have to evaluate the different medical health conditions of your workers. While some can be fit to lift and work with heavy materials, some may not be; hence, it’s best if you place such workers where there are less lifting. More than anything, try to always be careful when operating or dealing with any kind of machinery to avoid any further accidents.

Falling Objects

In most cases, warehouse items are stacked up high on racks. This helps maximize all the vertical space since stocking up horizontally can mean fewer spaces for even more goods or items. Vertical stacking is actually one of the best methods or techniques when it comes to maximizing warehouse space.

However, it can also lead to greater misfortunes like risks and injuries involving falling objects. Warehouse workers should frequently be trained about how to handle items and stop objects from falling.

One way of decreasing such risks and injuries is to learn how to create stable stacks as this can prevent objects from falling. If possible, try to place bulky and more cumbersome objects at the bottom of a pile, rack, or shelf to reduce further accidents. For cylindrical objects, a universal rule states that such items or objects should be placed and moved with a flat side facing down. More than anything, just take the time to evaluate item weights, stack objects as neat as possible, and never load beyond the average or required weight limit.

Hazardous Chemicals

Warehouse facilities that operate with harmful substances such as asbestos may bring severe health conditions to warehouse workers. To avoid this, be sure to orient your employees about proper attire (such as face masks) needed before entering the warehouse premise. More than that, it’s essential to conduct a series of training about how to handle hazardous chemicals, and possibly treat them through first aid, should instances or accidents arise.

Long Work Hours

Think it’s just the equipment that can bring harm to workers and threaten warehouse safety? Definitely not. Long work hours can also cause serious health conditions and may greatly add up to warehouse precautions.

Since warehouse facilities typically have to make deliveries on time, longer work hours may be required from your workers. But, pushing these workers too hard to work for long, extra hours can possibly burn them out, leading to poor concentration and over fatigue. In warehouses, paying attention to the littlest of details is crucial, and when workers are sleepy, tired, or lacking focus, there can be several alleviated risks at hand.

To avoid this, make sure to give your workers the extra rest and sleep they so deserve. Also, you might want to consider shifting hours wherein the first batch of warehouse employees go to work for the first half of the day, then the next batch replaces the former shift and works the other half of the day. This will not only reduce risks and accidents but increase work productivity as well. On top of that, you wouldn’t even notice that you’re accomplishing tasks way ahead of time!

Wrapping Up

Safety should be a priority, especially in warehouses. Such facilities can bring about several risks and accidents that could hurt employees or worse, cause deaths. So, in order for you to reduce these risks, accidents, and injuries in your workplace, make sure to follow all these tips stated above. Don’t compromise your health and safety for anything, ever.

 

~Article submitted by Angelo Castelda. Angelo works as a contributor for a news magazine in Asia. He loves to learn and understand diverse cultures and aims to share through his writing his experiences around the world.