For any warehouse supervisor, safety should be the utmost concern. Not only is this important when it comes to keeping employees healthy, it's also critical to efficiency. As such, companies should always strive to keep warehouse safety at the front of everyone's minds, whether they're on the shop floor or in the boardroom.
Reminding everyone of these issues on a regular basis is a must, and the following examples are good jumping-off points for any such discussion:
1) Using hand trucks, pallet jacks and more
While workers use these tools to make their jobs easier on a daily basis, they may not always keep in mind best practices for doing so, according to Pentalift. As such, re-training or simply reminding workers how to properly use these types of equipment, and behave when others in the area are using them will help ensure there are no accidents.
Along the same lines as the above, but perhaps with even greater safety stakes, it's vital that all forklift operators be trained and certified for using these vehicles anywhere on business property, Pentalift added. Likewise, those who work in areas where there is regular forklift activity will need to keep in mind the risks as well.
3) Clean floors
Any area where workers walk needs to be free from debris, spills and so on that could pose a tripping or slipping hazard, according to McCue. All too often, people have the attitude that while something on the floor is an annoyance, it's not their job to clean it up, so they leave it be. Ensuring everyone knows they have a role to play in clean-up efforts will help your workplace avoid slip-and-fall accidents.
4) Different flooring
Even when floors are 100% clear of hazards, moving from a rough surface to a smooth one, such as when going from inside a warehouse to outside - especially in winter - can potentially put workers in danger as well, McCue advised. For that reason, it's not just that workers need to be aware of the risks. It's also vital for your company to invest in the proper flooring safety features like no-slip mats, and ensure you're doing all you can to make sure walkways are free of ice, snow, mud and so on.
5) Wearing the right gear
Part and parcel with avoiding slip and fall injuries is making sure workers not only have the right footwear at all times in your warehouse, but have other safety equipment as necessary, according to Big Rentz. For instance, safety gloves for those who carry certain items, ear protection for those who work in noisy areas, hard hats for those who are in spaces where high shelving poses a fall hazard and so on are all vital parts of ensuring the risk of a serious injury is greatly reduced.
The more you can do to discuss specific safety issues that impact your team on an ongoing basis, the better off your workers and your operations will be in the long run.