Keeping your workers safe in their warehouse environment should be important for every boss. By ensuring your workers are trained, have the right equipment, and know what to do when something goes wrong is essential to promoting a safe workplace. Safety should be important to everyone who sets foot through the warehouse doors from workers themselves to management and even visitors. Let’s look at five guidelines to keep workers safe in the warehouse.
5 Ways to Keep Workers Safe in a Warehouse
1. Always Use Safety Equipment
Always make sure your workers know when to use the right safety equipment and how to use it properly. Whether you use forklifts, hydraulic lifts, or other equipment, make sure all workers are trained on how to use them and how to confront safety issues that arise. Make sure hard hats, eyewear, and footwear requirements are known by everyone in the warehouse. Keep workers up to date on training and changes in the equipment they’ll be using to stay safe.
2. Remove Safety Hazards When Possible
Not all hazards can be eliminated but do what you can in the warehouse to remove potential hazards. This can be as simple as making sure your floors are slip and trip proof. Make sure that cracks, pits, and other issues with flooring, walls, or doors are fixed as soon as possible. Ensure safety equipment, tools, and vehicles are maintained and issues addressed as soon as possible.
3. Label All Hazardous Zones
Any equipment or areas of the warehouse that have a higher risk of injury or issues should be labeled as such. Whether it’s chemical storage, heavy machinery, or slippery areas, make sure your workers know where these issues are and clearly label each as a reminder for your workers.
4. Practice Safe Lifting Techniques
One of the easiest ways to prevent injuries in a warehouse is to practice safe lifting techniques. Lifting is one of the most frequently performed actions in the warehouse and also where many injuries occur. Teach your workers how to lift properly, provide literature and signs demonstrating the proper technique, and coach anyone you observe lifting improperly to help prevent back and leg injuries.
5. Provide Constant Training
Make sure your entire workforce is up to date on current safety practices for your warehouse. As new techniques, equipment, and issues arise, hold refresher training and new courses on how to work safely in the warehouse. By staying on top of safety issues before they happen and ensuring your entire warehouse is trained, you can avoid a majority of issues from arising.
Promoting safety awareness, proper training, and keeping up to date on how to stay safe in your warehouse environment is key to preventing injuries and issues during the day
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FAQs about our warehouse equipment removal service:
Do you serve my location?
CONESCO serves the entire United States from multiple locations.
How quickly can we get started?
It might be quicker than you think! The first step is to give us a call or have us call you. Once we have a good understanding of your unique situation, we typically provide a quote within 5 days and will schedule a time with you to have one of our team members come visit your site.
How long will the used equipment removal process take?
We get that question all the time! It depends on many factors such as:
- will the warehouse be shut down or,
- will it still be operating?
- How much material is there?
- Are the uprights bolted down to the ground?
Best practice is to give yourself multiple months of time in planning so that way you provide a buffer for your project to finish according to a timeline. Getting a full count of the materials and good pictures is a great way to start the process of evaluating the decommission of your warehouse.
Will you buy and remove everything from our warehouse?
Our specialty is in used pallet racks (uprights, beams, wiredecks, pallet supports), pallet rack accessories (like guide/ guard rail, netting), conveyor systems, mezzanines, and pick modules. If your warehouse also includes different material like
- shrink wraps or
then we can buy/ remove those as well.
Sometimes material is in bad shape or is a very uncommon size or outdated brand. In some of these cases we do not purchase the materials, however we still can provide you with our teardown services to remove the materials from your warehouse. We encourage everyone to reach out so we can better understand what is in your warehouse and what your intentions are. Once we have a good understanding, we are happy to provide you with our recommendations, even if that means not using us.
Will you clean up after you have finished with the shelving and equipment removal?
Absolutely! Removing used warehouse equipment is a messy job. All debris will be properly disposed of and the floors swept.
Will you leave holes in the floor or walls after the removal process?
No. Removing floor anchors does create holes but we take responsibility for grinding them down to be flush with the cement or fill them with cement epoxy.
We are still operating. Can you work around us?
Yes! There are a few things that will need to happen in order to ensure everyone’s safety and some other items need communicated like an agreed upon timeline. It’s true, an operating warehouse will sometimes slow down a teardown project. But, we understand it’s necessary to avoid disruption of your business during the warehouse shelving and equipment removal process.