Warehouse Safety – “The Dangers of Modern Warehouses & How to Prevent Them”

A solid treatment of many of the most common safety challenges in warehousing, distribution and logistics. Good detail.

EHS Safety News America

The modern warehouse can be a dangerous work environment. There are fatalities along with general injuries from workplace accidents in warehouses related to forklifts, docks and conveyors. With over seven thousand operational warehouses employing more than 145,000 workers warehouse safety videos and plans for prevention can help businesses save costs on Workers Compensation claims and more importantly save lives and offer safer working conditions in warehouses.

Common injuries from slips and falls, ergonomic related dangers and forklifts, companies who provide forklift training as well as materials handling safety can see decreased numbers of accidents and worker related accidents. Forklifts alone pose the biggest danger and number of deaths and injuries.

What we can learn from the infographic can help in preventing warehouse fatalities and injuries.

• Posting and alerting workers to the tips for safe forklift procedures and requiring specific measures of safety should be posted.
• Proper inspection and…

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I am a Senior Partner operating out of the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the Nation’s oldest and largest management employment and labor firms. My practice is national and keeps me on the road or in one of our 28 offices about 50 percent of the time. I created and co-chair the Firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. I have almost 29 years of experience as a labor lawyer, but rely even more heavily on the experience I gained in working in my family's various businesses, and through dealing with practical client issues. Employers tell me that they seldom meet an attorney who delivers on his promise to provide practical guidance and to be a business partner. As a result, some executives probably use different terms than “practical” to describe my fellow travelers in the profession. I don't enjoy the luxury of being impractical because I spend much of my time on shop floors and construction sites dealing with safety, union and related issues which are driven by real world processes and the need to protect and get the most out of one's most important business assets ... its employees. That's one of the reasons that I view safety compliance as a way to also manage problem employees, reduce litigation and develop the type of work environment that makes unions unnecessary. Starting out dealing with union-management challenges and a stint in the NLRB have better equipped me to see the interrelationship of legal and workplace factors. I am proud also of my experience at Fisher & Phillips, where providing “practical advice” is second only to legal excellence among the Firm’s values. Our website lists me as having provided counsel for over 225 occasions of union activity, guided unionized companies, and as having managed approximately 450 OSHA fatality cases in construction and general industry, ranging from dust explosions to building collapses, in virtually every state. I have coordinated complex inspections involving multi-employer sites, corporate-wide compliance, and issues involving criminal referral. As a full labor lawyer, I oversee audits of corporate labor, HR, and safety compliance. I have responded to virtually every type of day-to-day workplace inquiry, and have handled cases before the EEOC, OFCCP, NLRB, and numerous other state and federal agencies. At F & P, all of us seek to spot issues and then rely upon attorneys in the Firm who concentrate on those areas. No tunnel vision. I teach or speak around 50 times per year to business associations, bar and professional groups, and to individual businesses. I serve on safety committees at three states’ AGC Chapters, teach at the AGC ASMTC
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