Kansas warehouse workers regularly perform job responsibilities in confined areas where multiple operations are constantly in motion. The adage within the distribution center industry that there is always something to do in a warehouse is definitely true. What this means for workers is being in an environment where injuries could potentially happen at any time when the employer and employees are not safety conscious. Workplace safety should actually be the first rule, but often it is not. And in workplaces like warehouses with constant movement among the workforce, accidents are bound to happen. There are two general areas that injury cases stem from regarding safety violations and negligence.
All warehouses rely on forklifts and other mechanical equipment to operate. Even conveyor belts and line delivery equipment can cause injury from time to time, including repetitive motion disorders. This is especially true in warehouses using production packaging systems. And not only are floor associates vulnerable to injury, but machine operators are as well. Interaction with work tools is a common component of workers’ comp iclaims, which are often injuries that could be avoided were the company not negligent in maintaining production machinery.
Lax work environment safety
All warehouse management companies should have a thorough safety program that keeps all employees conscious of workplace safety. Good housekeeping is vital to having a safe work floor, and maintaining safe breathing areas are important as well. Proper ventilation can help remove any potentially harmful chemicals and help reduce the possibility of communicable disease. Respiratory equipment can be very important in many warehouses as well, depending on the chemical nature of the stored products, and proper equipment should be supplied according to OSHA standards and required by state workers’ compensation regulations.