#Hazard 1. Forklifts
Forklifts are critical pieces of equipment used in warehousing and storage facilities. However, when
can cause serious damage to operators, nearby workers and property. Unsafe use of forklifts is the
most often cited hazard in warehousing
operations by OSHA. Basic forklift safety tips to follow:
Ensure all forklift operators are competent and have completed certified training. Perform regular
training and evaluation when an operator is observed operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner.
Perform daily pre-start forklift equipment
inspections to check for controls
and equipment damage.
#Hazard 2. Docks
One of the worst accidents a worker could suffer when working in a warehouse is being pinned or
truck and the loading dock. This can typically occur when a forklift runs off the dock and strikes a
Forklift operators must be attentive and drive slowly on dock plates, make sure dock edges are
clear and safe
Always ensure that warning signs and mechanisms are in place to prevent people from getting near
#Hazard 3. Conveyors
Conveyor equipment is commonly used in warehouse facilities to transport goods. However conveyors
workers including getting caught in equipment and being struck by falling objects. To remain safe it
#Hazard 4. Materials Storage
Improper stacking of loads and storage of materials in shelves can result in unintended slip and trip
Keep aisles and passageways clear and in good condition, this prevents workers from slipping,
Loads should be placed evenly and properly positioned, heavier loads must be stacked on lower or
shelves. Always remember
to remove one load at a time.
#Hazard 5. Manual Lifting/ Handling
The most common cause of physical injuries in warehouse and storage facilities involves improper
Manual lifting or handling can cause musculoskeletal disorders if done with awkward postures,
motions, or overexertion.
#Hazard 7. Charging Stations
Charging stations in warehouse facilities are used to refuel or recharge all powered equipment to
Units may be
powered by gasoline, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), or battery. If proper guidelines are not followed,
Charging stations should be away from open flames. Smoking should be prohibited. Fire
extinguishers should be available
and in good working condition in case of fire.
An adequate ventilation system must be installed to disperse harmful gases. Proper
PPE should be worn.
Eye washing and shower facilities should be present should employees get exposed to acids and
#Hazard 8. Energized Equipment
A Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) program must be implemented in all warehouse operations to ensure that all
properly shut off and prevent employees from being caught between mechanical parts or being
must be trained on LOTO procedures and how to apply and remove LOTO devices after performing
maintenance. Check out this collection
of digital LOTO
checklists to learn more.