Warehouses are busy and lively places. However, with the operation of heavy machinery, hazardous materials, and transporting stock, warehouses can be dangerous places to work. With increased productivity comes increased risks of injury, especially when safety checks aren’t rigorously implemented, and warehouse safety audits are overlooked.

To avoid workplace accidents and maintain a safe environment for your employees and equipment, here’s a list of common warehouse hazards and advice on how to manage them.

Forklifts

Forklifts are a common sight in warehouses and storage facilities. However, they can cause severe damage to property and serious injuries to operators and nearby workers when operated incorrectly. For instance, a forklift was involved in the death of a worker in South Auckland last September.

Basic forklift safety tips include:

  • Ensure forklift operators have completed certified training. Monitor the forklifts in use to evaluate the operators and to identify potential hazards.