This industry covers businesses that buy and sell finished products to other businesses. A business that sells to both the general public and other business is considered part of the wholesale trade industry when:
- its premises are warehouses
- it maintains significant storage facilities
- it is not located or designed to attract a high proportion of walk-in customers.
Most common hazards and injuries
Workers in this industry are likely to be injured at work due to:
- body stressing
- falls, slips and trips
- being hit by moving objects.
Common hazards in this industry include:
- machinery and equipment, especially equipment such as forklifts and pallets
- working in hot or cold environments
- Provide training and instruction in safe manual handling procedures.
- Maintain good housekeeping to ensure there are no obstructions or trip hazards on floors or in store areas.
- Buy the quietest equipment for the job.
- Good quality anti-fatigue and anti-slip flooring will reduce the risk of falls and make work more comfortable for workers who stand for long periods.