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Safety precautions can prevent warehouse workplace accidents

Warehouses in Arizona are minefields of safety hazards, and business owners must protect the health and safety of workers. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes guidelines to cover every dangerous situation, and compliance can prevent a workplace accident from happening. Some precautions apply to all such facilities, regardless of the industries they serve.

Signage and labels are essential and will allow employees to know what they work with, where everything is located, what the storage temperature should be and whether products are hazardous. This will also ensure that everybody knows exactly where the fire exits and extinguishers are. Falls frequently cause injuries in warehouses where workers move about on elevated areas and use lifting devices. For that reason, strips of non-slip tape and guardrails must be installed in danger zones.

Personal protective gear must be provided to suit every worker's task. It could include kneepads, vests, gloves and helmets, along with eye and ear protection when necessary. Respiratory protection may be required in some circumstances. Ergonomic assessments are vital to prevent musculoskeletal injuries, mainly where heavy objects are handled or repetitive motions are involved. Lockout/tagout devices must be installed on all mechanical equipment to prevent operators, cleaners and maintenance workers from coming into contact with moving machine parts.

While the above safety precautions may prevent most injuries, it will also be wise to ensure workers know the basics of first aid. This may save a life while waiting for paramedics in the event of a workplace accident. Arizona workers who are victims of such accidents may file workers' compensation benefits claims for coverage of medical expenses and lost wages, and assistance with the claims process is available from an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

Source: reliableplant.com, "5 Things Every Warehouse Should Have," Jerry Matos, accessed on Dec. 29, 2017

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