Warehouses in most parts of the country have experienced some type of winter storm by now. From colder-than-usual temperatures in the southwest to blizzards blanketing the northeast, every warehouse operation has had to prepare for and change up the way they work in the winter. Warehouse workers need to ensure they’re ready to work safely in conditions that involved sleet, snow, rain, and hail. Inside the warehouses, out from the cold weather elements, it’s just as important to protect yourself.
Here are some important tips on how employees can prevent warehouse workplace injuries and keep overall safety and health top priorities:
Train for the Winter Weather
Winter brings plenty of possible workplace injuries and illnesses along with it. Yes, there are still injuries during the summertime when the weather is warm and sunny, but workers can become affected by cold stress or carry in water with them after a snowfall and create more hazards for everyone else. Employees should recognize the signs of cold stress and be aware of their surroundings, so they keep everyone else safe around them. Remind employees to practice basic steps like wiping their shoes off (you can even have a designated station at all entrances where workers can clean their shoes), hanging up wet jackets, and not coming in when sick.
Prevent Slips and Falls (and Insurance Claims)
While having warehouse insurance is a must for commercial spaces, it’s still best to avoid claims at all costs. Warehouse insurance protects your company in the event of an accident, helping to financially cover you in times of legal action or medical attention. Slips and falls are the most common types of workplace claims that are reported in workers’ compensation issues. Warehouse managers should already have in motion a system for cutting down on slips and falls, especially through awareness, but this is most important during winter months when it’s wet outside.
For warehouses in the southeast, there may not be snowfall to worry about, but there are still occasional winter storms that can bring in water. Talk to a warehouse insurance provider to ensure you’re protected against claims, but also make sure to create a safe work environment.
Warehouses can add more comfort and workplace health to their agendas by providing clothing that protects from the cold. If at all possible, provide things like jackets, gloves, parkas, boots, or hats as part of your personal protective equipment. This will especially come in handy if and when an employee forgets to bring all suitable clothing or shoes in a winter warehouse.
Also, when it comes to clothing, instruct employees how to dress for the cold. This involves layering (OSHA recommends three layers in the colder months), loose-fit clothing to help blood flow, waterproof gloves, hats, and waterproof boots.
While not all warehouse injuries or illnesses can be avoided, using simple tips will help to keep employees safe and healthy and limit spreading more exposure. It helps to have warehouse insurance in your daily operations, but also keep in mind simple, easy ways to boost employee well-being.
About Newman Crane & Associates Insurance
Deciding what coverage you need and what limits and deductibles make the most sense can be tricky. Since 1965, Newman Crane & Associates Insurance has been helping Central Floridians make sense of their options and make the smartest choices for their circumstances. Whether you need Warehouse Insurance or any other type of business or personal coverage, we encourage you to contact our friendly, experienced, and capable team today. Call us at (407) 859-3691 for a consultation.