Electric Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution Industry - Warehouse & Shops


Inside a warehouse showing items behind yellow lines and a clear passageway. Istock photo #2835836
Keep passage ways clear.

Employees moving products in warehouses and shops face a variety of physical and chemical hazards. These include strains and sprains from lifting and handling materials, being struck by powered equipment such as forklifts, exposure to hazardous chemicals spilled from containers or released from combustion powered forklifts, and being stuck by falling items stored on shelves or platforms.

Other safety issues to address include personal protective equipment selection and use, work practices for safely operating and removing jams from cardboard balers and other dangerous machinery, unsafe ladder use, cluttered passageways, fire and electrical safety, cuts from opening boxes and other containers, first aid (including possible exposure to bloodborne pathogens), and pest control.

Employers can reduce injury risk to the employees by taking preventive measures such as:

  • Addressing all hazards in an effective accident prevention program;
  • Provide training to workers;
  • Conduct a hazard assessment for the use PPE;
  • Conduct a job hazard analysis;
  • Hold safety meetings;
  • Provide and require the use of fall protection.

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