A distribution center can be one of the most dangerous places to work. In fact, the warehousing industry sustains a high number of fatalities every year.
But those statistics can be drastically reduced just by following some simple safety advice. Here are some safety tips for working in a distribution center.
Tips For Staying Safe In A Distribution Center
Helpful tips to keep you and your people safe:
- Always wear protective clothing including hard hats, gloves, vests, masks, belts, eyewear, and proper footwear.
- All areas should be kept clean and free of debris.
- Treat aisles the same way you would a busy street. Look both ways and always stay alert when crossing or going around corners.
- Never attempt to operate any machinery without the proper training.
- When unpacking materials, immediately dispose of any debris to prevent slips and falls.
- Empty trash cans before they overfill.
- Be careful when lifting heavy objects on your own. Use tools that can help instead.
- Inspect ladders before each use.
- Do not sit on or lean against stacked material.
- Know the weight restrictions for all storage racks and lifting mechanisms.
- Avoid wearing baggy or excessively loose-fitting clothing.
- Always stack heavier objects on the bottom of piles with lighter objects on top.
- Make sure emergency exits are clearly marked and you know the quickest route to safety from any location in the facility.
- Know where first-aid kits and supplies are kept.
- Immediately report any potential safety hazards to supervisors.
McCue: Making Warehouses Safe
At McCue, making warehouses a safe place to work is our job. Our line of asset protection solutions enhances the safety of employees, machinery, and inventory alike. The end result is a safer, more efficient, and more profitable business.
Originally published September 2018.