A warehouse environment can often bring an opportunity for injury. Hazards, trips, falls, and bruises occur where they can easily be prevented. As a warehouse employee, take the initiative to keep yourself safe and abide by all safety regulations each day on the job. Follow these safety recommendations to avoid danger.
Power Equipment Usage
When you sign up for a warehouse gig, you expect heavy lifting. Job descriptions should outline exactly the maximum weight you’ll need to prepare to carry, and your training should include proper protocol. However, we want to emphasize that you should utilize powered lifting equipment whenever possible. Exerting less force causes less strain on your muscles, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of your equipment where you can.
Manual Equipment Usage
Warehouse workers can’t cut corners. There are no shortcuts in an industry that experiences so many hazards and injuries each year. Make sure your warehouse has everything you need to take care of all heavy lifting. The warehouse should constantly be well-lit and clean to prevent mistakes. Additionally, if you are expected to lift manually, make sure your supervisor is providing dollies and support belts.
When you do lift manually, do so exactly as you were trained. If you need a refresher, ask your supervisor for resources to guarantee you’re protecting your body. Lift any heavy objects with your legs, not with your back. With a back brace on, make sure to keep your back in a natural position to prevent unnecessary strain. Ask for help when you need it.