A recent prosecution resulting from the death of a worker who tripped on an empty pallet is a shocking reminder of how easily things can go wrong. We asked WSPS’s Jennifer MacFarlane how warehouses, distributions centres and other workplaces could avoid similar incidents. Her immediate response: involve everyone.
Slips, trips and falls are a primary concern for all workplaces since they comprise 20% of all lost-time injury claims in Ontario, says MacFarlane, a key account manager. The direct cost of an average WSIB claim is $11,771. Factoring in lost productivity and staff replacement, the running total is $59,000. “That alone is a huge incentive for employers to pay more attention to slips, trips and falls.”
“Warehouses and distribution centres need to be particularly proactive because the potential for slips, trips and falls is everywhere,” MacFarlane points out. They can occur in
Use the following checklist to ensure you have these essentials in place, suggests MacFarlane.
Set up a task force to initiate or support any or all of the activities below. Rotate people through the task force to engage as many people as possible and minimize individual time commitments.
Photography by Scott Turnbull courtesy of Explorers' Edge