A great many people earn money working in a warehouse. For some people it is a good long-term job while for others an excellent way to make money with part-time shifts on top of other work. However, it is important to note there are a number of potential risks to doing warehouse work.
One of the problems of running a warehouse is that you need to carefully schedule who works when. The danger is that some people may be keen to make more money by taking additional shifts, which can result in tiredness. It is vital that companies are responsible, ensuring nobody works excessively and that they get breaks when required.
Another potential risk is exposure to chemicals and dust. This can result in breathing problems and more serious lung conditions. This can be worsened if exposed asbestos is found on the premises. If this is the case then it needs to be cleared up as soon as possible by specialist contractors.
Health and safety is a vital consideration when doing physical work, especially when it comes to heavy lifting. If you do not do this properly it can result in back problems and, in the most extreme cases, spinal injuries. Remember to lift with your knees and never take on more than you can handle. Workplaces need to provide the appropriate manual handling training to ensure that their employees know the correct way to do heavy lifting to avoid injuries.
Companies need to ensure that anyone using machinery is properly trained and aware of the risks in using it. Equally, companies have to make sure that people wear appropriate clothing and that they have the right protective equipment in place to reduce any potential risk of injury as much as feasibly possible.
Why you need to know this
People may be hesitant to make a claim after they get injured or ill in a warehouse environment, as they may assume that this is simply what happens while doing physical labour.
However it is vital to know that common day-to-day injuries are different from long-term health problems, and that more serious injuries can result when safety standards are neglected.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is open 24 hours a day so that you can ask any questions you may have about making a claim and decide whether or not you wish to pursue it.
We can guide you through the process and deal with any doubts as to whether or not the company is to blame as well as helping you document any evidence.
As well as helping you get compensation, our work has also helped to improve working practices for people who work hard and deserve to be protected from harm as much as possible. For more information contact us today.