The Most Common Accidents in the Transport and Storage Sector

Accident prone storage areaTransport and storage rank second in the list of America’s riskiest sectors. Although there are no available data for Australia, the hazards are the same. The job requires handling materials of varying properties – heavy, sharp, inflammable, breakable, toxic. Each of these items comes with its own set of safety guidelines.

According to the United Nations, half of the goods in transport are dangerous. These include chemicals like chlorine, hydrochloric acid, sulphuric acid and sulphuric dioxide. In such an industry, which employs nearly five million, you cannot overemphasise the importance of safety procedures, training and equipment.

To understand the challenges of this sector better, here are some of the hazards present while working in transport and storage:

Spillages due to improper packing

Something as simple as safety strapping, offered by firms such as X-Pak, plays a crucial role in keeping items that are being stored or transported safe. Inadequate securing causes roughly 25% of accidents involving cargo trucks. These lead not only to loss of cargo but also to loss of lives particularly when dealing with inflammable or intoxicating substances.

Accidents Due to Poor lighting

People make 85% of their observations through their sense of sight. When an employee’s ability to see clearly and assess his or her environment is impaired, injury is more likely to happen. Fast moving or falling objects are harder to see. The risk of slips and falls also increases significantly.

Collapse of racking systems

Right out of the gate, warehouse management should invest in structurally solid and sturdy racking systems with guards. Periodically, you should inspect these warehousing essentials for integrity too. Equipment like forklifts, misuse of the racks and general wear and tear can damage these systems over time.

Pinned between objects

Employees should never be working under objects supported only by a jack. They should also be well informed about the crush points of tools, equipment and cargo trucks. Being mentally present, alert and extra cautious keeps workers out of danger. This is the reason stress and health management is central to ensuring occupational safety.

Work with or work for transport and storage partners that consistently subject themselves to safety audits. They should secure internationally recognised certifications for occupational safety and health. Management should also invest heavily in training employees.