Why Warehouse Safety Is More Important Than Ever Before

 

Asian fork lift truck driver discussing checklist with foreman in warehouse

With the operation of heavy machinery, large objects, and hazardous materials, warehouses are statistically one of the most dangerous places to work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015, with over 75% of those injuries occurring in service-providing industries. It was also estimated that about 5 out of 100 warehouse and storage employees experienced some type of work-related injury in 2015.

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Should You Use Peanuts for Dangerous Materials?

When shipping dangerous materials by air or sea, it’s important to make sure the product is packaged properly. Improper packaging can cause leaking, which can pose a health concern. That’s why government agencies such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have guidelines in place to protect not only the people who handle the product but the actual product as well. It’s imperative that the product arrives at its intended destination in the same condition that it was in when it left. Continue reading…


Intent for Labels and Placards on a Storage Container

When shipping hazardous materials, it’s important to meet the government regulations. For example, you are required to use appropriate labels and placards on the shipping container. You may also see these visuals on storage containers in a warehouse or factory. But why are they used and what do they mean? Continue reading…


Can Shipping Materials Prevent Leaks?

When shipping hazardous items, you not only have to worry about meeting all the strict shipping requirements, but you also need to be concerned about leaks. A leak inside a ship or plane – or even inside the package itself – is a safety concern. Flammable items can cause explosions that can lead to serious injuries or even death. Because of this, making sure that the materials stay inside their shipping container throughout the duration of the shipment is of utmost importance. Continue reading…


8 Steps for Increasing Warehouse Safety

Worker in hard hat hit by cardboard in warehouse

over 15000 illnesses and injuries take place every yearWorking in a warehouse can be a very rewarding job. You get a lot of physical exercise from lifting heavy objects all day, you bond closely with a group of workers that you see every day, and you play a very important role in ensuring that companies and individuals get their important orders on time. With multiple paths toward career advancement and an increase in responsibility, it is a promising opportunity for workers who are looking for a low barrier of entry.

However, one of the biggest problems when it comes to working in the warehouse is the issue of personal safety. With over 15,000 illnesses and injuries taking place every year, the warehousing industry still has a long way to go in the way of enforcing safety regulations and preventing accidents from happening in the workplace.

Warehouse safety is only possible when every single employee is involved and looking out for one another, no matter their position in the company. Here are 8 useful steps that any warehouse can take to ensure that safety remains a top priority: Continue reading…


How to Make Safety in the Warehouse a Priority

A topic that has received a greater amount of attention and focus in the past decade of warehouse operations is worker safety. It might seem like this issue has been resolved a long time ago until you take a look at the numbers.

With nearly 150,000 workers across several thousand warehouses in the United States, the rate for fatal injuries remains the highest out of any other industry. This can be explained by the continuous handling of heavy and dangerous products combined with long, laborious work hours at the warehouse.

There is no getting around the fact that warehouse work is hard work, but there need to be safety initiatives in place that prevent worker burnout and injury. It ends up being a very costly process to constantly replace workers who are suffering from preventable injuries. Continue reading…