There are plenty of warehouses up and down the country, and for the most part they’re safe places to work. However, as you might expect with this kind of building, there are potential dangers that could result in accidents occurring if they’re not properly dealt with.
Risk assessments are important in any workplace. In the case of a warehouse, it is essential to consider what kinds of risks are present. For instance, fork lift trucks are likely to be in use. Stock will be moved around regularly and there is every possibility of people being put in harm’s way if the warehouse is not made into a safe place to be.
Slips, trips and falls
These are among the most common accidents that can occur anywhere, and that applies to warehouses too. Preventing warehouse accidents is much easier to do if any potential hazards that could cause such accidents can be dealt with. Spillages of all kinds should be swept or cleaned up, and good lighting should be installed to ensure everyone can clearly see where they are going.
Other potential dangers can arise if there are not clear walkways on the floor. Anti-slip tape can provide a dual purpose in helping to mark out where the walkways are, so fork lift trucks can steer clear of those areas.
Injuries and accidents
Preventing warehouse accidents is something all employers in this area should work towards. Many risks can be avoided completely if they are identified in advance, and this takes little more than common sense in many instances. Whether it’s avoiding exposure to harmful substances, or providing safe footwear to use to prevent injuries to the feet, you can see just how many areas can be easily taken care of when the proper steps are taken in advance.
Of course, you may already know how dangerous a warehouse can potentially be. It could be you’ve been injured while working in a warehouse and you’re still suffering from that injury now. Even if you’re fully recovered, you may be able to make a claim if the accident occurred in the past three years. To find out more, all you have to do is call Accident Advice Helpline on our free enquiry line, on 0800 689 0500. If we can possibly help you make a no win, no fee claim, this is how you can find out the answers.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead