According to Safe Work Australia, as of October this year, 139 workers died while working and most of these workers came from the warehousing industry.
The warehouse sector plays a significant role in the supply chain involving big equipment and even dangerous goods. With the hustle of workers in the workplace, safety regulations are compromised causing accidents. Learn the common warehouse accidents and how to prevent them.
Heavy equipment mishaps
Forklift crashes are one of the common causes of accidents in the warehouse. The workers should have proper training in operating and using forklifts. In addition, they should not use the machine as a means of transportation or as a ladder extension.
Warehouses should also designate flooring marks that will provide moving machines a different route from pedestrians.
Another cause of warehouse accidents is racks and rack pallets tripping or falling on workers. Arrange the goods according to their weights with the heaviest at the bottom and the smallest on top. And to stabilise the racks, Containit Solutions advises using the appropriate column guards and protectors.
Negligence of hazardous and dangerous goods
Fire is the ultimate hazard in a warehouse as it can destroy many goods and kill workers. Faulty wirings, leaking and incorrect storage of flammable goods are among its common causes.
The company should designate smoking areas and workers should regularly do fire drill exercises. Fire exits and extinguishers must also be visible in the warehouse.
Exposure to dangerous and hazardous goods poses health risks to workers. The employer must follow Australia’s national code and environment policies in proper containing and packaging of these goods. They should also be introduced to hazmat plans to prepare them in case of chemical spills or leakage.
Following safety standards assures a healthy and safe environment for the workers – resulting in productivity and business efficiency. It is better to have expenses to train people than lose the business due to compensation claims.