The Potential Hazards of Working in a Warehouse and How to Prevent Them
Dangers can happen just about anywhere, but in a warehouse with a lot of different products, something is bound to go wrong, if the correct safety procedures are not observed. The following are just some of the hazards that may occur in a warehouse and some essential tips offered by Preferred Equipment Company representatives on how to counter them:
- Forklift accidents can happen at any time, and it’s very important to be prepared. If your forklift hasn’t been checked for technical issues in a while, it’s time to bring in an expert and get it done as soon as possible. Also, make sure that your pallet racks receive a thorough inspection as well, since any problem with structural integrity can cause an accident to go from bad to worse.
- Make sure you keep track of the maximum weight that your racks and shelves support. Also, keep track of the weight of products placed on the racks in bulk. In a large warehouse with a lot of different types of products all over the place, it’s easy to make a mistake and overload a rack, leading to some serious damage and a potentially dangerous accident.
- Keep track of flammable and dangerous substances that can lead to a fire or a dangerous spill. The proper placement of such items and substances can be crucial to avoiding a damaging catastrophe like a large fire or a biohazard spill that will require intervention from a spill cleanup service and halt operations for a significant amount of time.