Safety Tips for Your Business Inventory Swings

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With New Inventory Comes New Safety Challenges

As the seasons change, your store's inventory might need a refresh. But with new inventory comes new safety challenges. Here are five tips to help you keep your employees safe when adding new items to your store.

1. Use the right equipment. Dollies, pallet jacks, and forklifts can help prevent injuries and accidents when moving heavy items.

2. Teach proper lifting techniques. Make sure your employees know how to lift without straining their muscles. Use mechanical aids or team lifting when necessary.

3. Organize your storage areas. This can help prevent accidents caused by products falling or shifting.

4. Provide personal protective equipment. Gloves, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots can help protect your employees from hazards.

5. Train your employees on safety protocols. This can help prevent accidents and ensure that your team knows how to respond in case of an emergency.

Here are some insurance tips to consider:

Property insurance can cover damage or loss to your inventory caused by covered perils like fire, theft, or vandalism. Review your policy limits to make sure they're adequate.

Liability insurance can cover you if a customer or third party is injured on your premises or as a result of your products or services. Again, review your policy limits to make sure you're fully covered.

Cyber insurance can protect you from losses due to cyber-attacks, such as data breaches or cyber extortion. If you use electronic systems to manage inventory, this is especially important.

Contact your local independent agent to ensure you have the right coverage to protect your business during inventory swings and all year long.


The information presented in this document is for informational and educational purposes only. It is intended to assist individuals, farmers, and business owners in identifying common hazards/risks and considering proactive loss prevention or loss mitigation actions. For information related to specific loss hazards, please contact your insurance agent.

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