Even a minor injury in a warehouse setting can affect your ability to earn a living. Understanding potential hazards can help you stay safe in this type of job.
Review the common dangers you may encounter if you work in a warehouse in California according to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Forklifts and heavy equipment
In 2019 alone, the use of heavy equipment such as forklifts caused more than 8,100 injuries and 79 fatalities. Operator error contributed to many of these incidents, often because the company failed to train employees properly before assigning them to use these machines. Even if you do not drive a forklift at work, you should know how to stay safe as a pedestrian around this type of equipment by remaining clear of blind spots.
Employers must use either an assured equipment grounding conductor program or ground-fault circuit interrupter to reduce electrical shock hazards. However, you should use caution whenever you have contact with outlets, cords and surfaces with a potential electrical charge.
Be aware of cluttered aisles and other obstacles that limit or completely block access to exits. Clear tripping hazards such as boxes and loose cords from your own work area.
Look for clearly lighted and marked ways out of the warehouse in case a fire or emergency occurs. Your employer should have an escape plan in place and posted in the workspace.
The increased demand for warehouse workers in Oakland and surrounding areas has advanced the conversation about safe work conditions. Know how to protect yourself if you take advantage of these opportunities.