There are risks and potential for injury in almost any job. A warehouse environment is no different and requires extra attention to keep accidents at bay and ensure that workers are kept safe. With the presence of moving equipment, pedestrians, heavy objects and blocked sightlines, the environment is ripe for potential mishaps. Here are four areas where the following best practices for warehouse safety equipment are essential.
- Fork Trucks
Forklifts are critical pieces of any warehouse. They can also cause significant injury and damage. Install audible or visible warning devices to alert others of their presence. Follow a good maintenance plan and have users complete a daily operational checklist.
- Aisle Ways
Pedestrians also need to do their part in avoiding forklifts and equipment. Where possible, walkways should be clearly defined by floor paint or other means. Foot traffic should not stray from these boundaries unless absolutely required. Forklifts should not be allowed to cross into these aisles.
- Racks and Columns
Shelving racks and support columns should be painted brightly for visual awareness. It is good practice to place guards as the bases to absorb any impact and prevent dislodging.
Erect guardrails or stanchions to prevent forklifts from causing damage to sensitive equipment or product. This is especially important where the potential exists to hit utilities such as electrical panels or gas lines.