Workplace accidents are one of the most common challenges encountered by businesses across all industries. Warehouses can be a particularly dangerous work environment due to a wide variety of risk factors. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) the fatal injury rate for the warehouse sector is significantly higher than the national average for all other industries. Safety on the warehouse floor can often be hard to maintain without proper hazard assessment. Understanding the key exposures your workers encounter on a daily basis is the first step towards implementing precautionary planning.
According to the OSHA division of the Department of Labor, the top warehouse risk exposures include:
- Unsafe forklift and mechanical equipment practices. Approximately 95,000 employee injuries occur every year while operating a forklift, many of which have fatal endings. Proper forklift instruction, maintenance and supervision can help diminish your warehouse’s accident rate.
- Improper stacking and storage of products. Incorrectly stored materials could fall, injuring workers and damaging products. Stacking products too high or unevenly, placing heavy items in high locations and storing inventory in unsuitable condition can all create potentially dangerous situations.
- Failure to use and implement proper personal protective gear. State and federal legislation requires that workers utilize the necessary ear, eye, hand and foot protection, however enforcement of these regulations is the responsibility of warehouse management. Furthermore, loose fitting clothing, long hair and hanging accessories should be avoided because they could get caught in heavy equipment and machinery.
- Fire safety planning and provisions. Warehouse fires not only cause structural nightmares and product damage, but can be devastating for your workers as well. A well thought-out fire response plan can make all the difference in an emergency situation. Educate your workers on how to operate fire extinguishers, what the proper evacuation protocol is and how to conduct themselves in the event of a fire.
While a thorough safety plan is essential for any business some accidents will inevitably occur. Complete Hudson County Workers Comp coverage is essential for any warehouse to help cover the costly financial ramifications of a workplace accident. At Tri-State Insurance Agency our New Jersey Workers Compensation can help cover the cost of medical, legal and other expenses your warehouse operation will incur in the wake of an incident. We understand that no two businesses are exactly alike and have over sixty years of experience working with our clients to establish the best Wholesaler Insurance solutions to fit each specific operation’s needs. Give us a call today at (888) 990-0526 for more information about any of our offerings.