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Warehouse Safety

By January 4, 2013

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handling materials safely The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) say that forklift injuries make up the highest number of injuries in warehouses every year. In the US this means about 100 warehouse employees are killed and 95,000 injured. This number can be reduced by training, evaluating and certifying all operators to ensure that they can operate forklifts safely. As well as forklift injuries, many warehouse workers are injured due to poor manual handling, where the load is being transported or supported by hand.

Poor material handling can be improved by job training that helps employees identify risk factors and how injuries can occur. Also, employees should be trained on good handling techniques for lifting, pushing and pulling, and the proper use of mechanical aids. However employers should realize that all the training will not help if there are poor working conditions where employees are asked to move unreasonably large or heavy loads, and where they are no given the necessary mechanical aids.

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January 9, 2013 at 9:25 am
(1) Corey D. says:

Great article! Safety is a major part of Warehousing – ensuring that your employees receive the safest workplace is something that all warehouse owners need to plan out in order to ensure the well being of those working on the floor. If a warehouse would need any details in regards to setting their warehouse up in order to prevent safety hazards you can contact Systems Logic. You will be able to book a consultation with them in order to setup a plan to achieve these requirements, their website is http://www.warehouseinabox.com if you are interested.

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