Fall protection training remains an issue for many workplaces

Work toward better fall protection.

Work toward better fall protection.

Are you putting enough emphasis on fall prevention in the workplace? If not, you’re not alone, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that fall protection training requirements is one of their top violations. According to Safety and Health Magazine, the violation was number nine of the list, making a surprise appearance. General requirements for fall protection was the top of the list of violations.

If you have any employees who are reaching new heights with the help of safety ladders or other equipment, you need to make sure they’re properly trained in how to protect themselves from a fall. Falls remain a prevalent hazard in the workplace, so it’s important to have a training program around how to keep these accidents at bay.

According to Reliable Plant, falls make up 15 percent of accidental deaths per year, ranking only behind vehicle accidents. So it’s important to make sure your employees are well-versed in proper fall safety precautions. The news provider reports one aspect of fall prevention is to teach individual behavior in safety, such as making sure to take time when completing tasks and not being in a hurry. Always complete tasks around the workplace at a reasonable pace so you’re not in danger of hurting yourself or others in a rush.

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Work to reduce blind spots while in the warehouse

Try and minimize the blind spots at work.

Try and minimize the blind spots at work.

When you’re on the job and on the ladder, you may not be seeing all of the hazards that could impact your safety. It’s important for warehouse managers to do what they can to reduce as many blind spots while on the job as possible.

According to EHS Today, it’s critical for warehouse managers to work to reduce blind spots around the space. The news provider reports blind spots can be particularly difficult to navigate when you’re dealing with material handling equipment or carrying inventory.

The news provider suggests having mirrors around the warehouse. This way, if a worker is unable to see directly in front of them, behind them, or to the side, they can look up into the curved mirror and see their surroundings. This can also be helpful when on a safety ladder and there are people moving around beneath you out of your view.

Another way to reduce the risk of injury on the job is to reduce clutter, according to Safety and Health Magazine. The news provider suggests the injuries happen because employees have less space to move around, ultimately putting them at risk for injury as they try to maneuver around the clutter.

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Stay on top of vent maintenance

Use safety ladders to inspect your ventilation.

Use safety ladders to inspect your ventilation.

Do you have proper air flow in your building? Once extreme temperatures in the winter and summer hit, many maintenance crews are left scrambling to fix the ventilation, but it’s important to stay on top of maintenance year-round to prevent being caught off-guard. Take a safety ladder up to your vents and do an inspection on a routine basis to ensure the vents are clean and working properly.

According to Cooperator, dirt can build up in air ducts, ranging from skin cells to dust, causing buildup and eventually affecting the air quality of the building. In an effort to keep all of your air ventilation systems running smoothly and keeping your employees healthy, you should routinely clean them out. The source provides that this buildup could eventually lead to upper respiratory problems or allergic reactions if not properly treated.

The Environmental Protection Agency reports you should always assess who is installing and maintaining your air ducts. If there’s a problem with instillation, it could lead to excess buildup. Additionally, if all parts are not properly cleaned, the entire system can become contaminated again. Ensure whoever you bring in knows how to properly clean systems to avoid any problems down the line.

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Don’t stop worker safety training just because it’s going well

Make sure to include ladder safety in your training plan.

Make sure to include ladder safety in your training plan.

Worker safety is a critical aspect of any business operation. You need to have training for how to use everything from material handling equipment to safety ladders, to make sure your employees are being as safe as can be while on the job. However, there is always room for improvement, but some management teams may not know how to press forward.

According to EHS Today, some companies have found themselves at peak safety performance, and they believe they’ve plateaued. In fact, they perceive that continuing to work on safety performance could actually be a hindrance to overall productivity.

However, the news provider reports that management should take this opportunity to educate workers on increased risk awareness, as some may have lower levels. For example, when teaching ladder safety training, focus on what could happen rather than learning from previous events. This could help put things into perspective.

Work Safe MT reports that you should do a full assessment of any potential hazards in the workplace, whether perceived or documented, and assess the risks associated with each hazard. While you don’t necessarily have to remove the hazard, this could help dictate what you focus on when training employees on safety.

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Keep ladder safety in mind when climbing to clean and decorate

Know how to safely climb a ladder even when working around the house.

Know how to safely climb a ladder even when working around the house.

When using a step up ladder around the house, you may think that there’s no danger while you’re hanging decorations or trying to clean hard-to-reach places. However, without proper ladder safety knowledge, you could be putting yourself at risk for a fall.

According to Popular Mechanics, more than 250,000 people required medical treatment due to stepstool or ladder-related injuries. While it’s common, you don’t have to be a statistic. The news provider suggests when you first open it, make sure that the metal braces are secure. This will prevent the step stool from giving out while you’re at the top.

The source also suggests taking stock of the point you need to reach and determining the ladder height you’d need to reach it without having to use the top step. This could increase your chances of tipping it over, injuring yourself and those below you.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration suggests making sure your shoes are secure as well. Refrain from wearing soles that are slippery, particularly if you’re using a metal ladder, and be sure the footwear you do wear has a lot of traction. This can keep you secure on the ladder and not worrying about slipping as you climb your way down.

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Be on top of inventory for the holiday rush

Can you reach your inventory efficiently?

Can you reach your inventory efficiently?

Are you already planning for the holiday rush? You’re not alone, retailers spend months gearing up for holiday sales, and consumers across the country have been saving more a while and are ready to spend. However, with this rush comes little room for error, and paramount warehouse organization is key.

Business 2 Community reports you need to be on top of inventory management during the busy months, so you can better fulfill orders and have a sense of what is coming in and out of the warehouse. The news provider reports that you should try and anticipate what the hottest items of the year will be, so you can make sure to increase the orders and fulfill customer needs. If you’re unable to fulfill a customer order, you could be impacting the likelihood they’ll buy from you again.

Many warehouses are focusing on organization as well. Make sure you have plenty of safety ladders available so you can stack similar inventory together and make it easier to find. SKU Vault reports warehouse organization should be a priority, and properly labeling inventory and making the flow of products easy to navigate so orders can be fulfilled efficiently to keep up with consumer demand.

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Think about ladder safety when reaching for inventory

Do you have the right ladder for the job?

Do you have the right ladder for the job?

When trying to reach something in your warehouse, do you find that being efficient with space makes it more difficult to reach certain objects? Many warehouse managers are instructing their staff to look up when it comes to staffing inventory, but it’s important to supplement that with proper ladder training so there are no injuries on the job.

The National Safety Council reports you should determine what’s the right ladder for the job. Try and determine the height you need to climb to reach the inventory without exerting yourself and still being able to maintain balance. The news provider also suggests thinking about the weight of both yourself and the inventory you’ll be holding on the ladder. Ladders will come with weight restrictions, so you want to make sure you’re not choosing one that will buckle under pressure.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries reports that in some cases, you want to look for a sturdy structure with a platform if you’ll be handling a lot of inventory. The source reports that if you need to stretch to one side to reach something, or shift a lot of weight, you could cause the ladder to tip over, injuring yourself and others on the ground.

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Properly organize your pick organization to boost warehouse efficiency

Grouping inventory together can help streamline the process.

Grouping inventory together can help streamline the process.

In a fast-paced warehouse environment, managers look for the most efficient means of picking inventory and getting it into the hands of the customer. Stacking similar inventory together and then using a platform ladder to retrieve the top items while working your way down is one way to make use of space, but you want to make sure your storage has reason behind its flow.

Modern Materials Handling reports that because the warehouse has become more diversified, picking needs have changed. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are some ways to boost efficiency. The news provider suggests grouping all of the fastest-moving items together in the warehouse, so even if customers are ordering a variety of items, chances are they’re in a similar area. This can help reduce search times warehouse workers take to fulfill orders.

According to Digitalist Mag, the time it takes to pick orders makes up a large percentage of warehouse costs, so it’s important to reduce the time as much as possible in order to reduce overall spending. The news provider suggests creating lists of similar small orders and laying out the warehouse in that order, to avoid constant back and forth when trying to fulfill an order.

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Make safety ladder training a priority in the warehouse

Do you know the safety precautions before using a ladder?

Do you know the safety precautions before using a ladder?

When you have employees using ladders to retrieve inventory, you should make sure that you’re not setting them up for a fall. It’s important to regularly check that ladders are still in ideal condition and also the people operating them are aware of how to properly use them. Even if you have top of the line safety ladders, it’s important to be better safe than sorry.

For Construction Pros reports that the majority of ladder accidents can be prevented with better planning and training, so it’s important that warehouse managers are coming up with a plan for workers to educate themselves with while they’re on the job.

The news provider suggests educating employees to make sure they’re always using the right ladder for the job. For example, if you know you’ll be handling heavy inventory, it’s important to get a sturdy ladder where you’ve checked the weight requirements beforehand.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports whenever setting up a ladder you should make sure the surface is stable and it’s not located near any electrical wiring that could cause it to tip. When setting up, you should also make sure that you’re able to secure all locks before setting foot on it.

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When laying out your warehouse, look up

Stack your inventory up.

Stack your inventory up.

When organizing your warehouse, have you ever thought about going up? Space is precious in the warehouse, and operations are finding that they need to be creative when trying to make the most of the square footage they’re given. This means stacking up and using ladders to retrieve inventory from the top, rather than trying to keep as many things on the floor as possible.

According to Multichannel Merchant, you want to go vertical in order to make as much use of warehouse space as possible. The source suggests measuring how much vertical space isn’t being used by starting at the last piece of inventory to the ceiling. Then, get strategic about what you can stack on top. As with anything, make sure the heavier inventory is at the bottom of the stack, while leaving lighter pieces for the top that are easy to carry down a ladder.

The Wall Street Journal reports that many organizations are converting old commercial buildings into warehouses, which is driving the need to get creative with space. The news provider suggests thinking about how to maneuver around the warehouse in the most efficient manner for the space. Just be sure to group like items together so they’re easy to find.

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