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Supervisors and managers may not always see safety hazards

Professional warehouse safety managers know that safety in a warehouse is not something that happens accidentally. Companies must be very intentional about spotting hazards and addressing them so that accidents do not harm or even kill workers.

That's why safety workers who go through to do inspections are constantly seeing potential dangers. A hazard could be as simple as the way that pallets have been stacked or the way that shelves have been constructed. They are always on the lookout for things that could go wrong so that they can make changes before there is an accident.

The problem, these experts warn, is that normal shift supervisors and managers may not see the same dangers. It's not that they want to overlook them—at least, not in all cases—but just that they have a different focus. They're thinking more about production levels and what the team can accomplish. They're thinking about making money and company direction.

These are things they do need to consider, since it is the company's job to make money. However, if they are so focused on these things that they overlook clear safety issues, it becomes a problem.

Experts say that a culture of safety is the key. If a company can create that sort of overall culture, fewer mistakes will be made and people will be more likely to spot hazards. This can reduce the amount of accidents and injuries that happen during the year.

If you've been injured in New Jersey, perhaps because your supervisor was more focused on production than safety, you may be able to seek financial compensation.

Source: Inbound Logistics, "Warehouse Safety: It's No Accident," John Edwards, accessed Dec. 18, 2015

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