Warehouses, typically cleaner and quieter than a manufacturing facility, can nevertheless pose a series of hazards, many of which are not readily apparent to the naked eye. Employers in the warehouse and storage industry includes facilities focused on general merchandise, refrigerated goods, and other products, as well as establishments providing transportation and logistical services relating to goods distribution. Potential hazards include those associated with powered industrial trucks (forklifts), ergonomics, material handling, egress safety, heat, and slip/trip/falls. Included among the most common types of injuries in the warehouse setting are musculoskeletal disorders and being struck by powered industrial trucks and other materials handling equipment.  Given the significant rise in employment in the warehousing and distribution industries and the growing injury/illness and DART rates, OSHA launched a national emphasis program to target employers in these industries for enforcement.  Regardless of how impressive an establishment’s safety record is, an NEP inspection may be inevitable, and it is important for employers to take steps to prepare for such inspections and proactively address the key hazards that OSHA will be reviewing during such inspections.

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Aaron R. Gelb
Aaron R. Gelb
Partner, Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Aaron R. Gelb is a partner in Conn Maciel Carey’s Chicago office where he regularly advises and represents clients in relation to inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving federal OSHA and state OSH programs, while managing a full range of litigation against OSHA. Mr.

Dan Deacon
Daniel C. Deacon
Partner, Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Daniel C. Deacon is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey, working in both the Labor Employment and OSHA Workplace Safety Practice Groups. Dan's practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety & health law and labor and employment law.