Due to heavy lifting and the use of forklifts, working in a warehouse can be extremely dangerous. The US Department of Labor reports that two workers are crushed to death in warehouses in the US every month, which gives an idea of just how many injuries are sustained by workers worldwide. Luckily there are plenty of things your employer can do to protect you at work, and they all hinge on implementing the proper safety procedures.
Most common warehouse worker injuries
By their very nature, warehouses involve the stacking of many or very heavy packages one on top of the other. This means that workers are constantly vulnerable to the danger of falling objects.
The use of fork lifts and press machines to deal with these objects creates further dangers. Workers may often have to climb up on top of stacks of objects, which makes them vulnerable to falls. The fact that so many packages are stored in warehouses also creates a very real risk of fire.
In order to prevent accidents, all warehouse workers should be properly trained in the use of any machinery, and that machinery should be very well maintained. Safety gear such as helmets and boots should be worn at all times, and the floor should be kept free of loose material such as sand, sawdust, or liquid to prevent slippages. Packages should be placed firmly and tidily, and those that are stacked one on top of the other should be tied together if possible.
Warehouse workers are also particularly vulnerable to chronic injury such as back and foot pain due to constant heavy lifting. For this reason, they should be trained in the proper lifting techniques that will allow them to work effectively without injury.
Compensation for injuries sustained at work
If you have been injured at work due to your employer’s negligence, either through faulty machinery or a lack of proper training or safety equipment, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. If you’d like to discuss your situation in detail with a trained professional, call Accident Advice Helpline.
We are a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation, and we have been helping victims of negligence receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for over thirteen years. Our claims are conducted on a no win, no fee basis and with the least amount of hassle to the claimant themselves.
Date Published: November 22, 2013
Author: David Brown