Minimizing Slips, Trips And Falls In Your Warehouse
Multiple people quickly moving in every direction, focused on their own job tasks.
Machines of all shapes and sizes switched on and in constant operation.
Wet surfaces due to water, mud, grease or oil.
Put all of those elements under one roof and you’ve probably not only got a good amount of commotion but an environment where it’s only a matter of time before a worker makes the kind of move in a warehouse setting that changes their life forever through a slip, trip or fall.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are over 12,000 of these types of accidents each year, making them the 2nd leading cause of death behind motor vehicle accidents.
However, what we continue to discover about such accidents is that most of them could have been prevented.
For example, ask yourself:
- Do you have concrete, marble or ceramic tile floors that are highly polished?
- Are your people regularly moving from one type of surface to another, such as vinyl to carpeted or more sloped?
- Do you often see rugs, mats, floorboards or tiles loosely shifting around the warehouse?
- How typical is it for workers to track in mud or grease with their shoes?
- Are your people prone to climbing ladders and mounting or dismounting equipment?
- Are hoses, cables, wires and extension cords in plain sight, blocking the walkways frequented by employees?
- Are cabinets and doors left open all the time?
- Is the environment generally poorly lit and consistently noisy?
Without addressing these conditions, your warehouse could be setting itself up to encounter serious accidents and injuries.
Better Warehouse Design and Processes
How well is your warehouse designed to prevent potential slip and trip hazards?
Some warehouses don’t have clear enough routes for walking or work areas that are free of clutter. Or, while certain processes are focused on getting the job done, not all take cleanliness into consideration. As a result, the warehouse floor can very quickly accumulate liquid, oil, dust and other particles, creating a surface that could wind up costing the company in a myriad of ways.
Utilize these tools and techniques to ramp up your safety on the warehouse floor:
- Use trip trays to contain machine lubricant leaks
- Employ proper ventilation to prevent build-up of smoke, steam and water condensation
- Ensure strong lighting of stairs, hand rails, aisles and paths
- Use clearly marked coating and strips to signify edges and surface changes as well as permanent aisles
- Install slip-resistant flooring in high risk areas
- Only use stepladders that are a maximum of 20 feet and single ladders that are a maximum of 30 feet. Do not place ladders in front of door openings unless the door is locked or guarded.
Make Sure Your Warehouse Is On OSHA’s Good Side.
With the SOS Compliance Audit.
The OSHA 29 CFR Compliance Audit from SOS Technologies is the complete site evaluation you need to proactively minimize the risk of OSHA violations and even more importantly, the risk to your employees’ safety.
Our team of specialists will work closely with your safety personnel and company management to review any current written plans you have and OSHA 300 logs as well as identify any potential 29 CFR 1910 violations. Upon this extensive evaluation, SOS can provide you with a customized, site-specific plan based on our recommendations for being in compliance.