Warehouse Safety

Photo courtesy of L&I. Danger zone! Overstacked materials like these 500 – 700 pound bales can suddenly collapse and fatally strike workers that happen to be walking through doors and aisle ways

Danger zone! Overstacked materials like these 500 – 700 pound bales can suddenly collapse and fatally strike workers that happen to be walking through doors and aisle ways.

Courtesy of L&I.

A safe warehouse is a productive warehouse.

Employers are required to protect all workers (temporary, permanent, and so forth) from job-related hazards such as the following:

  • Blocked emergency routes and exits.
  • Damaged shelving systems and unsecured elevated loads.
  • Falls from ladders, lifts, or other equipment.
  • Forklift collisions and tipovers.
  • Manual lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, and other repetitive or high-force motions.
  • Moving-parts machinery (conveyers, balers, and so forth).

Information provided in this topic page can help identify and evaluate existing or potential hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of required written safety and health programs.

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