Warehouse work involves all manner of tasks, and it can be quite physical in nature, too. Warehouses come in all shapes and sizes, but there is no doubt the dangers of working in a warehouse would potentially be present in every single one of them. Fortunately, the dangers are usually resolved before they have a chance to cause any harm, thanks to health and safety rules and dedicated employers following them.
Could you spot these dangers?
- Fork lift trucks. Very often, these will work in close proximity to workers. Drivers should be fully-trained and able to use the trucks safely. Workers should also be aware of the potential dangers and stay well clear, checking ahead before crossing an aisle to another area as well.
- Accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians. Areas should be designated for pedestrians only, while others should be provided for fork lift trucks to use. Keeping the two apart helps reduce the risk of accidents at all times.
- Manual handling injuries. Although there are fork lifts and pump trucks to help lift and move stock and other items, manual handling injuries can still have the potential to occur if training is not provided on how to avoid such injuries.
- Slips. Slipping over can happen anywhere, but warehouse floors can be made from highly-polished concrete. Spills can occur, and if they do, this could potentially lead to injuries suffered by anyone who happens to fall over in one. Regular cleaning and hazard warning signs will help reduce the risks.
- Lack of training. Warehouse work can involve a variety of tasks. For new workers, a busy warehouse can be an intimidating and overwhelming place. That’s why it is essential to make sure you are properly trained for whatever tasks you are asked to do.
Finding out about potential compensation
Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience in dealing with all manner of accidents and injuries caused by a third party. If you have been in this situation and you know the dangers of working in a warehouse, why not call us for no-obligation advice today? You could be entitled to compensation, so find out for sure by calling 0800 689 0500 to chat with a friendly advisor. This is only the beginning – one of our lawyers could help you make a no win, no fee* claim.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Machinery accident claims