Many Accidents in the Warehouse
Considering the number of warehouses in the United States (more than 400000) and the number of people working in warehouses (more than 827000 workers in 2018), it is surprising that there are no more warehouse accidents every year
Here are some interesting facts about accidents and safety in the warehouse environment.
According to the U.S. Department of labor, trips, falls and slips constitute the majority of its so-called “general industrial accidents”. Slips and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths and 25% of all injury claims. “Are you ready?” 95million working days lost per year.
Where are the most accidents in the warehouse? The top five are wharf, forklift, conveyor, material storage and manual lifting and handling.
Three warehouse injuries? The above slip; And lifting, pushing, pulling and stretching injuries; And material handling / forklift accidents.
Up to 20000 (!) Every year, forklift accidents alone cause injuries to workers, and 25% of them occur when forklift overturns.
Every year, 90 people die in forklift accidents. A total of 34900 forklift accidents cause serious injuries every year.
When it comes to pallet jack failure, the seven main reasons are: forklift damage, rack overload, rack configuration change, operation change (such as rearrangement), incorrect use of equipment, purchase of smaller rack capacity to save money, and equipment failure.
How much loss will a work-related injury bring to a company? According to the National Security Council, the average direct cost of a company is $38000 and the indirect cost is $150000.
The top 10 areas cited in OSHA release: forklifts, hazardous communications, electrical / wiring methods, electrical / system design, protection of floor and wall openings and holes, exits, mechanical power transmission, respiratory protection, lockout / tagout, and portable fire extinguishers.
OSHA fines may cost a company $7000 for “minor” violations, while fines may be as high as $70000 for repeat offenders.
Since 1970, the number of occupational deaths has decreased by 62% and the number of workplace related injuries has decreased by 42%.
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