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Tips for Avoiding Workplace Accidents in a Warehouse

Friday, November 20, 2015

off of and onto equipment is the leading cause of injuries among equipment operators, truck drivers, forklift drivers, and anyone else who is using the equipment. It's a good idea to first check your boots and gloves before you get on the equipment. Any mud should be cleaned off of boots and gloves before attempting to climb, and you also should use the right kind of gloves to give you a hand hold that's secure.

It's also a good idea to use the three-point stance when you're going as well as coming. Use foot and hand holds that are large in size. It's also a good idea to use your entire foot and hand, rather than using a finger or toe grip. If there is no foot or hand holds, use a stepladder to get onto the equipment. If you can, avoid carrying anything while you're climbing.

Be careful loading and unloading equipment

Even when you're on level ground, there's always the risk of a rollover during unloading or loading. Be sure you’re centered upon ramps and remain straight. Allow ample room to maneuver any equipment safely, especially in the smaller job sites. Have someone with you to help you with guiding you. Be sure the machine is clearing the ramps before you turn. Keep other people way from the machine’s sides during unloading and loading. Check stability, clearances, and trailer deck. Also make sure that you're using the right tie down procedures. This can make a big difference in whether or not everyone is safe when you're loading the equipment.

Avoid crowded areas

Before you start doing any kind of work, make sure that you have ample space to work. Be sure that everyone is staying away from the area where the machine is operating. Otherwise you may be putting everyone at risk for being injured. When you're ready to begin work, let everyone know that they need remain back and stop running the machine if necessary. If you're not sure whether or not everyone's at a safe distance, look to make sure so that you don't have an injury on your hands.

These are three things that you can do to avoid workplace accidents in a warehouse. If you were injured while you were working anywhere, it's a good idea to find a lawyer who can help you with your case. Look for a lawyer who has many years of experience with workplace injuries and follow your doctor's advice. This will give you a better chance of winning your case and being compensated.