Warehousing jobs are quite self-explanatory. The general public knows what most warehouses look like; they’re big, industrial, and full of a lot of stuff. As someone looking into the warehousing industry, there are a couple things to know about it that don’t involve the general explanations of...\n
arehousing jobs are quite self-explanatory. The general public
knows what most warehouses look like; they’re big, industrial, and
full of a lot of stuff. As someone looking into the warehousing
industry, there are a couple things to know about it that don’t involve the
general explanations of “pick this up and move it here” or “label this”, or
“unload this truck”. There are safety procedures to follow and it’s good to
look into the company you’re interviewing with because most of it is grunt
work and, in some cases, the employees aren’t always treated right.
More than 145,000 people work throughout 7,000 different warehouses, and
the fatal injury rate in warehousing jobs is higher than the national average
in almost all other industries. Don’t believe me? I have the statistics to back
The bulk of injuries that occur in warehousing are due to unsafe use of
forklifts (not following protocol), improper organization of products
(stacking), failure to use protective equipment on your person, failure to
follow proper lockout procedures, improper fire safety procedures, and
repetitive motion injuries such as bending and lifting over 35 pounds.
Many people overestimate how much their bodies can handle. Sure, lifting
fifty pounds is easy. Once. Can you do it all day? Can you do it repetitively?
These are important questions to ask yourself before applying for a
warehouse job. They do have training courses for safety procedures, but
over half of employees don’t follow them; assuming that these injuries
couldn’t happen to them. Sure, workmans’ comp is great, until you can
never work again.
There are so many hazards in working in warehousing -- from electrical,
physical, miscommunication, conveyors, charging stations -- the list goes
on. The class for safety alone takes a couple days, that’s how big of an issue
this has become. So, to eliminate possible injury and bad employers, I’ve
developed a list of big companies that run warehousing jobs that follow
these procedures and ensure safety is provided along with fair treatment to
1.PrideStaff. A big name company that specializes in building loyalty and
has thousands of consumers. With over 60 offices/locations, 200
employees in each, and 10,000 field associates, they are one of the
fastest, largest growing companies in America. Established in 1978,
the founder, George A. Rogers has built such an amazing business that
for years they’ve been named “Best Staffing”.
2.Amazon. A big no-brainer here, this is a very well known company that
has no choice but to treat its employees well due to the publicity of the
company. They have many other jobs aside from warehousing, but
working for Amazon has great benefits and there’s practically an
Amazon Warehouse in every state.
3.FedEx or UPS. These are big name postal services. Of course, there
are dozens of their warehouses in each state, almost a guarantee of
good work ethic and safety due to how public and well known these
companies are. It’s also not a bad thing that there are so many of
these warehouses, either.
There are hundreds of other companies that are just as suitable and well
known, but these are by far the best companies to apply to as they have a
strict safety policy and good benefits to boot. There’s no reason to break
your back (literally) for a job, do your research, be safe, and make sure your
employer treats you right.