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Material handling in the warehouse requires proper procedures and safety measures to ensure accurate and trouble-free operations. Warehouse storage systems, together with all its accessories, must be handled properly and safely to avoid potential warehouse hazards.
Whether you're using equipment or lifting and carrying the materials by yourself, here are some material handling operations safety measures that workers in the warehouse must keep in mind at all times.
When driving forklift trucks inside the warehouse, be sure to do this safely and carefully. It is important that only authorized personnel should have an access to the forklift truck. It is essential to know that forklifts have a high center of gravity and can tip over if not driven slowly and carefully by trained, authorized operators.
When placing items in the forklift, arrange them properly. Materials placed improperly on the forks, or lifted or placed incorrectly, can easily slip. That's a hazard to the operator and to others in the area.
Forklift operators must understand their machines and follow the rules of the road. Pedestrians must be on the lookout for forklifts at all times and stay out of the way when they're in use.
Cranes, hoists, and derricks should be operated only by trained operators who know enough to keep from swinging a load over people or to remove their hands or feet from controls while a load is suspended. In addition, anyone who works in the vicinity must pay attention to crane movements to avoid accidents.
Never stand or work under a crane.
Stay away from tools with heavy or unbalanced loads that could fall over and cause serious injuries—even fatal ones.
Never use ladders that are not rated for the task, not in good condition, or not used properly, someone could take a bad fall.
These are just some safety measures that every worker in the warehouse should observe to ensure that material handling operations are performed perfectly.