A warehouse can be a hazardous place to work – but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many hazards such as heavy equipment, boxes, and harmful substances which could all cause injury, but there are a number of tips you can follow to ensure that you stay safe whilst working in a warehouse.
Staying safe at work
Here are a few warehouse safety tips which will help you to avoid accidents at work:
- Watch out for hazards which could cause a slip, trip or fall such as liquids/spills on the floor, sawdust, or packing material or boxes in walkways
- Ensure that lighting is adequate and report any faulty or broken lighting immediately
- Make sure you’re trained to use specialist and heavy equipment such as a forklift
- Ensure your workplace is safe and that you’re not working with harmful chemicals – if you feel this is happening you can report it to the HSE
- Ensure you have been trained on the correct lifting technique and use it at all times. Make sure that equipment is provided to assist you with heavy lifting, don’t lift anything which you feel is too heavy
- Make sure stock on shelves is stacked neatly and won’t fall on anyone
- Ensure you wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where provided – this could include safety boots or headwear, and should be paid for by your employer
Accidents in the workplace
Even if you take extra precautions, accidents at work can still happen. If you feel your employer has been negligent – for example, if you reported faulty equipment to them which was not fixed, and this has directly led to an accident – you could claim for compensation. It’s important to seek advice from a lawyer with experience in the personal injury compensation field, and that’s where Accident Advice Helpline can help you.
How we can help
We know that the cause of an accident isn’t always clear, so we’ll work with you to gather evidence that proves your accident was directly caused by somebody else’s negligence. We won’t judge you or form opinions; instead we’ll offer confidential, no-obligation advice, and if you decide to proceed with your claim, you can take advantage of our 100% no win no fee* service.
The aftermath of a workplace accident can be a stressful time, and you may need time off work to recover from your injuries, whether you have suffered a slip or trip or fallen from height and sustained more serious injuries. Call us today on our Freephone helpline (0800 689 0500) to see how we can help you.