Warehouses are one of the most dangerous work environments. Each day, warehouse employees are exposed to a wide range of potential hazards – from heavy machinery to falling products and more. And when accidents occur, they can lead to serious injuries. Therefore, as a warehouse owner, keeping your employees safe is a top priority. Below are four essential warehouse safety tips you should be utilizing to minimize the chance of your employees getting hurt.
1. Install Guard Rails
Guard rails assist in protecting both your expensive equipment (such as your electric pallet jack or vertical material lifts) and your employees. They act as a barrier to protect people as they walk through your warehouse. Plus, guard rails reduce the risk of accidents happening by physically preventing your employees from falling – especially from high places like elevated mezzanine platforms or an elevated dock platform.
2. Use Safety Bollards as Barriers
Safety bollards are another way to ensure everyone stays protected at your warehouse – and they shield your equipment from getting damaged too. You can use safety bollards to define traffic patterns (so people don’t accidentally walk in the path of forklifts). Plus, they act as physical barriers to prevent malfunctioning equipment from colliding into your building supports and power lines. Safety bollards can also help avoid accidents and keep unauthorized activity from occurring on your loading dock.
3. Regularly Inspect Warehouse Shelving Units
Get in the habit of inspecting your industrial shelving and warehouse storage racks frequently to look for any signs of strain (sagging or leaning) or damage (twisted supports, dents, etc.). Damage can occur from overloaded shelves, repeated impact in a specific area (from machinery like forklifts), and failure to adhere to weight limitations. Make sure to fix any issues you discover to keep your system safe and preserve its structural integrity.
4. Provide Employees with Personal Protection Equipment
In addition to inspecting your warehouse racking and installing barriers, your employees also need to be well-protected while performing their job duties. Warehouse fall protection equipment, personal safety gear, and ergonomic investments (like industrial mats) can minimize employee injuries. Fall protection harnesses can help to hold your workers upright if they fall, industrial floor mats reduce back and knee pain, and personal safety gear (helmets, gloves, face shields, etc.) keeps their bodies protected.
Invest in Safety Solutions for Your Warehouse
Warehouses can be a dangerous place to work without the right warehouse safety guidelines in place. When your company installs and uses safety equipment, the risk of injuries goes down, your productivity increases, and your employees will enjoy greater job satisfaction.
A-Lined Handling Systems has a wide array of solutions to keep your warehouse and employees safe. We will work with you one-on-one to find the right safety equipment for your space. If you have any questions or would like more information on guarding, fall protection, and other safety equipment, please contact us today.