Materials handling—either by powered equipment or manually—can cause injuries to hands, fingers, feet, and toes. Workers can slip, trip, and fall, or heavy objects can fall on them. Forklifts and other equipment such as heavily laden pallet jacks add to the danger. And let’s not forget box cutters, nails and splinters on wooden pallets, and back injuries caused by improper lifting.
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Furthermore, warehouse hazards can change from moment to moment, depending on:
Because of all the potential hazards, many different OSHA standards regulate warehouse operations. For example:
Common sense can protect workers from many hazards. For example, your warehouse workers should all be familiar with these basic rules:
Good housekeeping is essential for a safe warehouse, and also allows employees to function more effectively, productively, and safely. Follow these good housekeeping rules:
Make safe material handling the norm. Whether employees use power equipment or their own bodies to move materials, they should obey these materials handling safety rules:
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