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.