The Danger of “Pinch Points” in Warehouse Operations

Warehouses have all kinds of work hazards built in. Sharp corners, tall ladders, forklifts, etc. Any and all of those and more can make for serious injuries in the workplace and put workers at risk. But one thing that most don’t really consider are pinch points, areas in which a person or a part of their body to be caught between moving parts of a machine.

These pinch points may sound unpleasant because they are. From getting a finger caught in a conveyor belt to getting stuck between moving and stationary parts of a machine, pinch points can range in scope and in pain. Here’s some more information on these harmful issues.

Variety of Pinch Points

Warehouse employees and those in an industrial setting are at a high risk of these pervasive pinch point issues. They can occur with a variety of machines and devices, including power presses, conveyors, robotic machines, metal-forming machines, assembly machines and lines, printing presses, and more. It’s even possible for someone to be caught by doors, covers and hatches that you would think are safe.

There are many different ways in which to protect against pinch points, and one way for a company to protect itself is to invest in warehouse insurance, which can keep warehouses financially protected when legal and medical issues arise from these kinds of problems. Those who are injured from pinch points and its various forms can bring litigation against the place they work, eventually harming production and the company.

Looking Out for Pinch Points

To help keep workers safe from experiencing these problems and injuries, employers should carefully evaluate all machinery in use and equipment in the vicinity. This will help to identify problem areas and can help leaders establish safety measures to reduce problems. OSHA recommends using guarding to protect against pinch points, which can help prevent employee contact with them.

Guarding can help reduce injuries for workers and can help them avoid reaching into, through, over, under or around pinch points. Once the guarding that is necessary is up, employers must then educate and train employees on what the guards are there for and the reasons the machines and equipment need them.

Proper Use & Awareness

Employers should also instruct employees not to tamper, modify or in any way circumvent the guards that are up for their safety. There should be a select few employees who are designated and trained to alter a machine guard, and only under very specific repair work cases. What’s more, any unguarded pinch point should be reported to a supervisor so it can be handled immediately.

Pinch point prevention can be encouraged with a careful inspection of all machines and equipment to identify potential problem areas, eliminating these issues wherever possible.

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