Racking Safety Awareness: Keeping the Warehouse Safe for Your Workers

Worker in protective uniform inside a warehouseInjuries and deaths on the job are catastrophic, not just for the employees directly affected, but likewise for the brand, its image, and resources.

It’s imperative to give adequate attention to workplace health and safety, especially in warehouses, because in the event of an accident at work, the lives of the employees and the brand’s reputation are at stake. Apart from using stable, top-grade selective racks, experts suggest that business owners and distribution center managers work with the government in ensuring the safety of warehouse workers.

Improper Racking Poses Risks

In a warehouse, improperly installed racks and shelves can be the primary source of potentially fatal accidents. In the US, for instance, an employee died after a large warehouse system collapsed. The collapse of the 30-feet high, 200-feet long rack system severely injured two other workers and at least eight more with minor injuries.

In New Zealand, workplace accidents account for the death of 100 people every year. On top of the emotional toll on families and community members, the social and economic cost of job-related injuries amounts to $3.5 billion dollars.

Business Owners, Authorities Must Work Together

In 2013, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson noted that most of the problems stem from the lack of focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), but it may not be entirely their fault. According to Wilkinson, the health and safety process for SMEs appears too complicated and not in line with global guidelines.

The New Zealand government can do its part in changing the current situation by coming up with a framework for health and safety that is more streamlined, and is easier for businesses to follow. With a simplified process, companies can better assess hazards and risks.

Business leaders, on the other hand, can do their part by taking ownership of their employees’ health and safety. They must be proactive in checking the conditions of the workplace on a daily basis, as opposed to waiting until the ACC or DOL pays them a visit.