According to Vocam , slip and trip accidents are a serious problem in warehousing and storage industry and can happen anywhere. These accidents are often seen as trivial and ‘just one of those things’, but most slip and trip accidents can be avoided.
The main causes of accidents in warehousing and storage industry are:
- slips and trips
- manual handling
- work at height
- forklifts and vehicles in and around the workplace
- moving or falling objects
People suffer from work-related aches and pains in the warehousing and storage industry, including problems such as lower back pain and neck pain. If there is a risk from a manual handling task, first, an attempt should be made to avoid the task. If the task cannot be avoided, the risk of injury occurring must be minimised.
Any work at height, including maintenance work undertaken for a company by a contractor, must be properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe way. Work at height should be avoided if possible, but if it cannot be avoided, the correct equipment for the task should be selected.
People can fall from stepladders or ladders. When stepladders or ladders are used, a company must be able to show that it is not reasonably practicable to select an alternative for safer equipment because the task is of low risk and of short duration.
Operators should never use pallets on fork-lift trucks for accessing work at height or as working platforms. They should never climb on racking unless it is specifically designed for use as access equipment.
Companies must make sure that everyone involved in working at height has the ability to do the work safely. Training may be needed for operators/employees. Some access equipment may require specialist training, such as a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP).
Moving vehicles need to be carefully managed to control and reduce the likelihood of accidents. Some of the warehouse safety issues that companies need to consider are:
- Managing deliveries and visitors
- Forklift safety
- Pedestrian safety
- Traffic routes
- Reversing vehicles
- Coupling and uncoupling
- Load safety
- ‘Driveaways’ or premature vehicle departures
Companies must take steps to prevent people being injured by falling objects. If there are areas or specific activities in the warehouse with a risk of material or an object striking someone, it should be ensured that the area is clearly indicated and that unauthorised people do not enter it.
Mechanical handling equipment such as a fork-lift truck should be suitable for the job it is used for. All industrial truck operating areas should be suitably designed and properly maintained.
Industrial truck operators need to be trained by a competent person. Operator training should include the following three stages:
- basic training
- specific job training
- familiarisation training
Storage areas should be properly designated and clearly marked. The layout of storage and handling areas should avoid tight corners, awkwardly placed doors, pillars, uneven surfaces and changes of gradient.
Vocam warehouse safety training solutions include:
- Warehouse Safety Training DVDs
- Warehouse Training Online
- Warehouse Learning Management System (LMS)
Vocam warehouse safety training is up-to-date with current regulations and is updated whenever new regulations are introduced. Vocam integrate health and safety into warehouse training.