stockroom safety issue
August 19, 2011 8:07 AM Subscribe
My workplace seems to deal with storage in a way that is unsafe: we have boxes stacked to the ceiling (one box on top of the other, not layered like brick) along several walls and shallow crates and flat boxes stacked to the ceiling in an area at least 6' on each side without any sort of support other than the containers everything is in. Is this normal for stockrooms and warehouses? If not, how can I do something about it?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total)
I'm sure that, at the very least, this is a fire hazard. I'm a bit scared to say anything about it because I'm a new employee; plus if I have to report it to any governmental agencies after saying something, it'd be really obvious it was me that did the reporting. On the other hand, I'm also sort of scared that a box of heavy things is going to fall on me and break my foot, which almost happened to me twice today.
I'm in New Mexico; the business is a small one (~25 employees). Please don't advise me to quit; I like the job and finding another one would be really, really hard given my location and the economy.