Do you work in a warehouse? Do you often worry that you could be part of an accident? Are you taking any steps to avoid trouble on the job?
There are many safety risks to learn more about, as the knowledge you collect will go a long way in helping you avoid an accident and injury.
Here are some of the top safety risks in a warehouse setting:
- Slip and falls. There are many reasons why this could happen in a warehouse, ranging from a substance on the floor to debris to poorly lit areas. You need to get into the habit of watching where you're walking.
- Heavy equipment. It goes without saying that heavy equipment is used in almost all kinds of warehouses. While this may be unavoidable, you must understand that one false move could cause an injury.
- Fall from height. Depending on your job responsibilities, you could find yourself working at height, such as on a ladder or scaffolding, day after day. A fall to the ground below is one of the most serious warehouse accidents.
- Falling object. In warehouses, objects are often stored high above. This is a great way to save space. Unfortunately, if something falls to the ground below, it could strike a worker.
- Ergonomics. If you aren't doing things the right way in terms of how you move, such as when lifting heavy items, it could result in an injury.
- Lack of education. While warehouse workers can personally do things to maintain their safety, the employer must provide education to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
With these safety risks in mind, take a look at your job as a warehouse worker. Do you now realize that you could be part of an accident at some point?
If you ever suffer an injury in a warehouse setting, stop what you're doing and report the incident to your supervisor. Also, seek immediate medical care.
If your doctor tells you to take time away from work, you should learn more about the workers' compensation system and how to file a claim for benefits.