Workplace injuries and illnesses are a common —and costly — reality for large facilities with numerous products and employees; that’s why warehouse safety solutions should be a top priority for your company. Whether it’s implementing nets to prevent falling or maintaining a thorough safety strategy, you should know the best way to keep your warehouse safe and well-maintained.
Hazards exist in every workplace, but the hazards presented in a warehouse or distribution center can be especially dangerous. Some of the most common facility hazards are fires and falling objects, both of which can injure your employees, damage your products, and lose hard-earned profit.
According to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments in the US respond to an estimated average of 1,210 fires in warehouses every year. Warehouse fires result in an annual average of $155 million in direct property damage; these fires resulted in the death or injury of 22 individuals.
In addition, the 2018 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index ranks being struck by an object or equipment as the fourth-worst cause of injury in US workplaces, costing companies $5.33 billion this year alone. Providing warehouse work area and walkway protection is key to keeping your employees and product safe.