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Common injuries experienced by warehouse employees

On Behalf of | Feb 1, 2024 | Workplace Injuries

Warehouse and mailroom facilities are hubs of activity where efficiency is a priority. Unfortunately, the fast-paced nature of these environments can also lead to a higher risk of workplace injuries.

Employers must understand the most common types of harm. They must focus on creating preventative measures to ensure the safety of their workers.

Slips and falls

Slips, trips and falls are common hazards in warehouse and mailroom settings. Wet floors, uneven surfaces and cluttered walkways contribute to these accidents. Implementing proper housekeeping practices, using anti-slip flooring and providing training on safe walking habits can reduce the occurrence of these incidents.

Improper lifting

Moving heavy objects is a routine responsibility for employees. Improper lifting techniques can lead to strains, sprains and musculoskeletal injuries. Team members should receive training on correct lifting methods. In addition, employers should invest in equipment to reduce the risk of injury.

Machinery accidents

The presence of machinery, such as forklifts and conveyor belts, increases the potential for workplace injuries. Employers must provide:

  • Comprehensive training programs
  • Regular equipment maintenance
  • Adequate supervision
  • Documented procedures

These simple steps build a safe workplace culture.

Repetitive strain injuries

Some tasks, such as sorting mail or packing goods, can result in repetitive strain injuries. Employees may experience pain and discomfort in their wrists, hands or shoulders. Implementing ergonomic workstations, providing regular breaks and rotating job responsibilities can help prevent these injuries.

Warehouse and mailroom facilities are dangerous workplaces that demand careful attention to safety. By addressing common causes of injuries employers create a safer working environment for their staff.