Working in a supermarket warehouse may not exactly strike you as a high risk job, but there are risks to workers few members of the public would usually think about. Injuries by falling objects may not be common, but they are real risks workers and employers have to face.
Falling objects in supermarket warehouses
- Falling boxes: Poorly stacked boxes of products, for example, could easily tumble out of high-level shelves or off stacks. While injuries by falling boxes of feather dusters may be comparatively minor, work accidents involving falling boxes packed with jars, bottles or tins of varying descriptions could result in potentially life-changing, if not fatal fractures and/or lacerations to the head, neck, back or other body parts.
- Strip lighting: Supermarket warehouses are typically illuminated by strip lighting. Should a tube be insufficiently secured after being replaced, for instance, it could easily slip out of its fitting and fall on a worker. Such accidents at work could leave workers with severe lacerations to the face and scalp; neck, hands and/or arms, for instance.
- Flying files: Although much of most supermarkets’ administration is now computerised, many of them still store stationary and files in their warehouses. Being hit by falling folders full of files could result in some very painful injuries at work.
- Collapsing shelves and walls: Older warehouses in particular also present workers with the risk of being injured by falling debris from collapsing shelves or walls. Limb fractures, lacerations and head, neck or back injuries are just some of the work injuries employees may suffer in a workplace accident like this. Depending on the type and extent of such a collapse, workers could also be trapped and/or crushed by falling masonry.
- Falling pallets: Many large warehouses use forklifts to stack pallets of goods before individual boxes are required. Careless positioning of such pallets; overloading the forklift by attempting to pick up too many pallets at a time, or an unexpected object suddenly causing the forklift to stop could result in pallets sliding off the forks and falling onto workers. Warehouse accidents of this magnitude can have devastating consequences.
When things go bump
Should you be injured by a falling object or indeed suffer any other kind of work injury through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to claim for work injury compensation.
More information concerning your entitlement to claim, how to claim, and more, is available via our Freephone advice line on 0800 689 0500. This is a a confidential freephone number, and there is no obligation to pursue your claim following the call.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice