Whats wrong with this Picture?

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Safe storage and stacking is imperative to avoid collapse or tip over. In this month’s edition of “What’s Wrong With This Picture,” pallets were observed to be improperly stacked in a warehouse.


A pallet was observed to be stacked in an unstable manner.


1910.176 (b) Secure storage. Storage of material shall not create a hazard. Bags, containers, bundles, etc., stored in tiers shall be stacked, blocked, interlocked and limited in height so that they are stable and secure against sliding or collapse.

Consequences: Potential injuries that can occur when manually moving materials include the following:

  • Cuts and bruises caused by falling materials as a result of improper storage, and faulty securing devices.
  • Fractures and bruises caused by being struck-by materials or by being caught-in pinch points.
  • Strains and sprains from lifting loads improperly or from carrying loads that are either too large or too heavy.