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MSHA issues safety alert on warehouse, storage hazards


Arlington, VA – Miners in warehouses and other storage areas are at risk for musculoskeletal disorders and other types of injuries and illnesses, the Mine Safety and Health Administration cautions in a new safety alert.

Released April 29, the alert states that hazards can arise during handling, storing and moving materials. In a letter sent to metal and non-metal mine operators, MSHA notes that, in 2014, a truck driver died when he fell from a stack of pallets as he tried to gather wooden planks near a storage building’s rafters.

According to MSHA, following safe job procedures and Title 30 CFR Parts 56 and 57 can help protect workers. Best practices for mine operators and miners include:

  • At the start of each shift, examine the warehouse. Fix unsafe equipment and conditions.
  • Identify and mitigate or eliminate hazards.
  • Ensure delivery workers receive site-specific training unless they’re with an experienced miner.
  • Refrain from assigning work to solitary workers in hazardous areas. Account for all workers after a shift.
  • Keep aisles and exits clear of hazards.
  • Store flammable, combustible and hazardous materials in a way that minimizes the dangers.
  • Organize materials and storage areas for easy access.
  • For heavy items, use powered equipment, such as a forklift.

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