Warehouse work can be tiring, challenging and involve being on your feet for long periods of time. The importance of warehouse staff safety cannot be underestimated. While safety in every line of work is important, there are clear potential hazards in warehouses that can crop up and cause problems for those working there.
For example, many warehouses have fork lift trucks operating in the same place as people walking around on foot. As you can imagine, the two should always stay clear of each other. An accident involving a fork lift can be very dangerous indeed, and people have sometimes suffered grave injuries as a result of being in this type of accident.
How good is warehouse staff safety?
For the most part, safety measures in place at warehouses are excellent. Every employer knows the duty of care they have to protect every employee who works for them. As such, health and safety measures should always be borne in mind, and can make all the difference between staying accident free and having to deal with injuries.
Proper training can help ensure accidents are kept to a minimum. Risk assessments form another essential element to be considered. A risk assessment can identify anything that might be a risk if it is not dealt with. For example, no clear walkway for pedestrians to use could be potentially dangerous, especially where fork lifts are using the same area.
Finding out more about a potential claim
Accidents can range from the relatively minor ones to the more serious. In any case, it is very important to focus on getting appropriate medical treatment the moment something happens. It should also be properly recorded in the accident book. Some minor injuries may require little medical attention, but more serious incidents will almost certainly involve a trip to the hospital for treatment.
If you have been injured while working in a warehouse in the past three years, you may want to find out more about the likelihood of making a claim. You can make sure you get the advice you need on a no-obligation basis, too, especially if you call 0800 689 0500 to speak with someone at Accident Advice Helpline. Providing you call within the time period stated above, you have a chance to find out whether your claim might be successful. Could you be entitled to any form of compensation payment?
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead