There are over 10,000 warehouses in the United States and Canada, employing over 200,000 workers, and countless ways to be injured or killed.
The FIVE most accident-prone areas and activities in a warehouse are:
- Loading docks
- Forklift operations
- Materials handling
- Manual lifting and handling
Top THREE warehouse injuries?
- Slips and falls
- Injuries from lifting, pushing, pulling, and reaching
- Material handling / forklift accidents
As many as 20,000 workers are injured in forklift accidents alone each year and 25% of those accidents happen when a forklift overturns.
When it comes to pallet jack failure, the seven top causes are: damage from the forklift, racks overloaded, racks with altered configurations, a change in operation (such as rearrangement), not using the equipment correctly, buying a smaller rack capacity to save money, and faulty equipment.
$38,000 direct cost and $150,000 indirect costs – according to the National Safety Council – that’s how much a worker injury can cost a company.