Warehouse workers have a responsibility for their own safety – you’re expected to be aware of your own safety and the safety of your colleagues. But what about your employer’s responsibilities? When the correct health and safety procedures are followed, the risk of accidents happening can be reduced. But if your employer has been negligent, you could be injured whilst working in a warehouse, with serious consequences. Anybody who has been injured due to somebody else’s negligence could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation within three years of their accident. Want to find out more? Accident Advice Helpline’s team of advisors offer confidential, no-obligation advice that can help you decide whether or not to make a claim.
Injured whilst working in a warehouse
Warehouse workers are routinely lifting and carrying heavy items, bending, stretching and possibly working at height. They may be asked to use heavy machinery or vehicles such as a forklift truck. So it’s essential that workers have the training needed to carry out their jobs safely. Injuries you could sustain in a warehouse include:
- Manual handling injuries to your back, neck and shoulders – from lifting heavy items improperly
- Crush injuries from being hit or run over by a forklift truck
- Broken bones after a fall from height or from objects falling from height and hitting you
- Repetitive strain injury if carrying out repetitive tasks without a break
- Slip, trip or fall injuries after slipping on a damaged floor or tripping over boxes of stock
- Injured by faulty equipment or machinery
If your employer hasn’t provided you with the necessary training to stay safe at work – or if they have not ensured you have the safety equipment needed to work safely, such as safety boots, you could hold them liable for your injuries if you’re involved in an accident.
Claim within three years of your warehouse accident
After an accident at work, your main priority will be to recover from your injuries and get the medical treatment you need. But once you are on the mend, you might want to think about claiming compensation for your injuries. Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings due to time off work after your accident. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make a claim – or take the 30-second test on our website right now to find out how much you could claim after your warehouse accident.
Date Published: March 29, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton
Category: Machinery accident claims