If you work in a warehouse, you know that the holiday season is the most dangerous time of the year for your employees. Between holiday help, snow, and cold, there are tons of ways to get hurt in a warehouse if you or your employees are not careful. Here are 3 things to look out for to keep your warehouse safe this holiday season.
1. Seasonal Employees
With the Christmas rush, lots of companies and stores hire seasonal employees. These are people who may not always work in a warehouse and understand the flow inside of yours. You need to make sure that these people aren’t just given a job and let loose in your warehouse. They need to be taught how to behave and operate within the warehouse. As you know, there are pathways for forklifts and carts that need to stay clear, but they can get filled with seasonal employees that don’t know where they can’t go. If they’re not taught properly, your warehouse will suffer and people can get hurt. Everyone will be moving faster and faster is less safe.
2. Wet Floors
Ice and snow get dragged into your warehouse. That’s a fact. Not everyone has a chance to wipe their feet on the way in. This leads to wet, slick floors that cause hazards and slip and falls. Ways to avoid falls during the winter season include: Posting signs, drying wet floors, taking your time, wearing proper gripping shoes, getting textured floors, putting in no-slip mats, and making sure the place is well-lit. Doing these things WILL reduce your warehouse calamities.
3. Frigid Temperatures
Warehouses get cold. They will not always be comfortable. However, while being cold is a fact of life, it can also lead to colds, frostbite and hypothermia if they are not properly managed. Employees need to dress warmly, take frequent breaks to the warmer parts of the warehouse, and keep hydrated, as cold dehydrates the body just as heat does. Buy some good gloves for your crew and let them work comfortably in your warehouse, especially if they are loading trucks outside or are consistently outside.
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