It’s not common to hear about warehouse worker accidents. Add in machines and operators, and those occurrences seem to stay about the same. But in the event that an accident does happen in a warehouse due to machinery, it’s important to note that you can do something to prevent it. In this post, Ambi-Tech will share the top ten warehouse citations from OSHA, as well as the six ways warehouse workers can stay safe around machinery.

OSHA’s Top Ten Citations Annually

The warehouse industry shows to be the most lethal when it comes to workplace injuries. Due to the use of machinery and other operator based equipment, the job is dangerous. Here is OSHA’s top ten most frequent citations annually:

  • Forklifts
  • Hazard communication
  • Electrical, wiring methods
  • Electrical, system design
  • Guarding floor & wall openings and holes
  • Exits
  • Mechanical power transmission
  • Respiratory protection
  • Lockout/tagout
  • Portable fire extinguishers

How Warehouse Workers Can Stay Safe In The Workplace

For workers to remain safe in a warehouse workplace, they must remain diligent in following the posted safety guidelines and protocol for each machine or piece of equipment being operated. Here are six ways workers can increase their safety in a warehouse workplace:

Get Trained And Certified To Operate Specific Machinery or Equipment

It’s important that you and your workers are trained properly and completely certified in operating any given piece of equipment or machine.

Remain Aware of Surroundings

One of the easiest ways to stay safe in a warehouse is to be aware of your surroundings. Routinely taking a glance around your area can do wonders for safety.

Do Not Allow Pedestrians On The Warehouse Floor

If you have visitors, have them stay within a roped off or enclosed area so they can observe the warehouse but not walk through it. Workers and operators all have safety protocol they follow. Pedestrians do not know that protocol, which can cause issues.

Confirm Eye Contact With Machine and Equipment Operators

If you’re working near or around machines or equipment, make eye contact with the operator to make sure they can see you. Operators are doing their best to see you, what they’re doing, and where they are going all at once. Remember, the equipment and machine has the right of way in the warehouse.

Don’t Climb Pallet Racks or Equipment Cages

It can be easier sometimes to climb a rack or cage to move an item, but it’s also more dangerous. Instead, have the machine or equipment operator move out of the way, shut down, and allow you to find a ladder or other safer method of addressing your problem.

Install Electronic Motor Brakes On All Applicable Machinery

One of the biggest safety improvements you can make is to install DC injection braking into your machines. This removes the friction-based braking, and it requires less maintenance over time. This reduces the chances that your operator will encounter brake related issues or need to operate on the machine to replace brakes.

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Do you want to improve the safety of your warehouse or workplace? Install electronic motor brakes on all applicable machines in your building. Not only will you save money on repair and maintenance, but you will also decrease the chance of brake-related accidents and injuries. Get a quote for DC injection brakes online now or give us a call today!