5 Safety Measures to Operating Equipment in the Manufacturing Warehouse

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:00 AM | 27 Comments

Every manufacturer understands that warehouse safety is critical to avoiding downtime and work stoppages. In fact, injuries are often the main reason why a manufacturer encounters a sudden and drastic decline in production throughput.

As such, here is a list of five critical areas you should focus on when looking to eliminate lost man hours due to unnecessary injuries.

5 Safety Measures to Operating Equipment in the Manufacturing Warehouse

  1. Uncluttered Work Environment

    Making sure that work cells and work stations are free of clutter guarantees that warehouse employees are free to move around without risk of injury.

    The best approach is to focus on reducing clutter and obstacles within the warehouse, while making sure that employees are well aware of high-traffic areas.

  2. Using Spaghetti Diagrams

    Spaghetti diagrams allow management to layout the manufacturing warehouse space in a way that simplifies the workflow.

    They offer a big picture view, while helping to identify where shelving units should be located and how they should be positioned.

    The idea is to map out distances between shelving units in order to make sure that tow tractors and specialty trucks can easily maneuver without damaging inventory or causing injuries to employees.

  3. Clearly Identified Risk Areas

    Every warehouse has a given location where injuries are more likely to occur.

    The best approach is to clearly identify high-traffic areas with warning signs, placards, bright markers and fluorescent floor tape.

    All of these help to identify locations where narrow-isle reach trucks and turret trucks are most likely to operate.

  4. Sturdy and Well-Constructed Pallet Racking and Shelving Units

    Hydraulic dock lifts, rail lifts and scissor lift tables are always needed when warehouse employees need to access inventory at the top of a given shelving unit.

    Well-constructed pallet racking and shelving units by companies like Arpac Storage Systems Corp ensure that those pallets and crates at their highest level of the warehouse are easily accessible, and most importantly, won’t fall.

  5. Protective Equipment for Warehouse Employees

    Make personal protective equipment mandatory for all your warehouse employees.

    This includes wearing hard hats, safety glass, steel toe boots, and finally, high-quality industrial earplugs and or noise-cancelling headphones for those portions of the warehouse where the noise is the loudest.

Most of the injuries occurring within a manufacturing warehouse are avoidable.

It simply involves adopting some best practices and ensuring that all employees are aware of high-traffic areas and possible risks.

Finally, make sure all employees adopt simple and safe handling and storage practices in order to avoid any back-related injuries that may occur from lifting or moving large and heavy boxes.

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  1. 27 Responses to “5 Safety Measures to Operating Equipment in the Manufacturing Warehouse”

  2. By Adam Jordan on May 13, 2015, 2:12 am | Reply

    A warehouse is large hub of workers. There are so many rules and safety equipments are used for workers which provide safe environment for workers. This post such covered good information about safety measures.

  3. By Correy Smith on Jul 29, 2015, 4:48 pm | Reply

    Oh, I’m sure there are a lot of safety guidelines when working on scissor lifts. How high can those scissor lifts go up? A few friends of mine are actually thinking about renting one for a roofing project that they are doing with me.

  4. By Audrey Blakeney on Aug 11, 2015, 10:10 am | Reply

    Correy, the height of most scissor lifts vary, but the average height is about 40 feet. If your friend is looking into renting one for a roofing project, then you shouldn’t need one of the more industrial ones that can go even higher. The higher you go, the more dangerous it can be, so it’s best to rent only lift with the height you need. I wish your friend the best of luck with his roofing endeavors.

  5. By John on Oct 27, 2015, 2:14 pm | Reply

    We have had less accidents and damaged goods in our warehouse since we implemented a spaghetti diagram with risk area indicators. These are very good suggestions that all warehouses should implement! Glad to see those being talked about more.

  6. By Andre Beluchi on Nov 2, 2015, 9:32 pm | Reply

    The fifth tip that mentioned about the protective equipment reminded me about the manufacturing labour hire that my daughter recently started working at. She tells me all about the equipment that the workers use on a day to day basis. As well as the type of clothing they need to wear in order to be safe.

  7. By Rob Benton on Jan 6, 2016, 11:47 am | Reply

    I agree that spaghetti diagrams are worth the extra space they use up. I would rather pay a little extra money to have a safe warehouse than watch helplessly as worker-after-worker becomes injured on the job. I also think that these diagrams can really boost productivity and morale as no one wants U-turning a forklift to be as arduous as parallel parking a bus.

  8. By Lauren Woodley on Jan 8, 2016, 3:10 pm | Reply

    I really liked your suggestion of using spaghetti diagrams mostly because I had never heard of these before. You talk about how these layout the space in a way that simplifies the workflow. I can definitely see how making sure that you’re organizing the layout and the processes in which you’re using the equipment, you minimize risks and hazards and ensure everything is being handled properly. Thanks for sharing.

  9. By Maglepie Grits on Jan 11, 2016, 12:29 pm | Reply

    I highly agree that risk areas need to be taken seriously in a warehouse. I feel like tape and fluorescent markers, as you’ve suggested, is an effective method when it comes to workers. I also think it could work for visitors of the site, but some visitors may not know what the tape is there for and so I think it should also be presented in a way that spells danger to people who are not seasoned vets in a warehouse environment.

  10. By Cindy Hoffman on Jan 29, 2016, 1:25 am | Reply

    Working in a warehouse can sometimes be hectic, as a manager you could experience lots of minor injuries which have to be dealt with. Sometimes finding a way to cover up for those man-hours isn’t easy. I really love these tips and how you make the whole thing simple as it should. Thanks for sharing.


  11. By Westly Smith on Feb 8, 2016, 7:55 pm | Reply

    Thanks for these great safety tips! I just started working in a warehouse, and I don’t want to get hurt. My family is counting on me to make money. I’m going to take your advice and make sure I identify the risk areas before I start work.

  12. By Kayla Rogers on Feb 26, 2016, 5:32 pm | Reply

    Protective equipment is such a great thing to implement, especially in dangerous work environments. I would feel so much more comfortable operating things like a scissor lift if I knew there were measures already in place to protect me. I’m glad that these dangerous things can be minimized with proper care.

  13. By kevinallenus on Mar 9, 2016, 1:14 am | Reply

    Hey great share,

    Equipment operators need clear working spaces to avoid hazards. Having to reach over or around excess supplies may lead to accidents. Tools left in the wrong locations can injure a worker or fall into the equipment.

  14. By Hazel Owens on Mar 16, 2016, 9:02 am | Reply

    I like your fourth tip about keeping all pallets steady and easily accessible. When pallets are stacked so high that you need some sort of lift equipment to access them, it’s important that they’re stacked correctly. Being sure to follow safety guidelines for both the lift equipment and the pallet stacking will help prevent falls and lead to a safer workplace. Thanks for the tips.

  15. By Silas Knight on Apr 15, 2016, 4:41 pm | Reply

    When using industrial equipment and tools, safety is so important. You have some great tips here for staying safe, simple but effective. Properly identifying risk areas could go a long way for safety.

  16. By Christina on Oct 19, 2016, 3:34 pm | Reply

    Your list could prove valuable for many business owners. The uncluttered space tip is common sense, but still important.

  17. By Robert Hollar on Nov 10, 2016, 5:31 am | Reply


    Its good to find this interesting post here! Its fantastic!

    Usually we tend to take such safety measures lightly which sometimes causes a huge loss.

    Being a trainer for safety measures, I understand the importance of it. Above given safety measures are really helpful if rigorously followed.

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  19. By Brian on Dec 14, 2016, 2:37 pm | Reply

    Identifying potential danger areas in your warehouse is a good way to prevent an accident from happening. Thanks for sharing this advice!
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    A forklift can do a lot of job. Heavy lifting and pushing old floor panels.
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  23. By Ryan on Feb 1, 2017, 2:34 pm | Reply

    I agree most of workplace injuries occurring in a manufacturing warehouse are avoidable. Which is why its important to always go over safety material. Thanks for sharing!

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    No matter how small or large a company is, workers in all fields of industry face workplace dangers that can threaten their health and safety.
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    Totally agree with you!! Safety is must and always hire an experienced forklift drivers instead of unprofessional.
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