A warehouse worker accident claim can be filed by a worker who has received an injury as a result of an accident that is the fault of someone else, and who therefore wishes to file a personal injury claim. Working in a warehouse can be dangerous as there are generally a lot of heavy boxes that are stacked and could fall on top of an individual. There are also likely to be a number of fork lift trucks driving around the warehouse floor, and tripping hazards are also common. If you or someone you know has had an accident in a warehouse then it is the right of the individual to make a claim for compensation.
Keeping abreast of the rubbish that can gather in a warehouse is something that must be done. In many warehouses there are piles of discarded boxes and wrappings that can cause potential tripping hazards for the employees. A compensation claim for or trip, slip or fall can be filed by a warehouse worker who has fallen over and been injured because of poorly discarded product waste. Another thing to be aware of in the warehouse is a wet floor that has been caused by a spillage, or which has been freshly mopped but does not have adequate warning signs informing everyone that the ground is hazardous. It is the responsibility of the warehouse owner to ensure that all health and safety guidelines are adhered to, and failure to do so will result in prosecution.
The movement and lifting of heavy objects is common in a warehouse environment. An injury caused by manual handling can occur if someone is left to lift something that they should not be lifting. When lifting heavy objects, lifting equipment, such as a fork lift truck, should be used in order to avoid sustaining an unnecessary injury. Common injuries that are incurred as a result of manual handling include back injuries and arm injuries.
All employees in a warehouse should be fully trained in the use of any tools or machinery that they use. Proper training minimises the risk to the employee and those around them. If a person is hit by a fork lift truck, for example, and the driver is not properly trained for the job, a personal injury claim can be filed and the company may be prosecuted for negligence. All appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) should be supplied by the employer or owner of the warehouse and this can include high visibility jackets, hard hats and gloves.
More information on warehouse worker accident claims
For further information relating to a warehouse worker accident claim, contact Accident Advice Helpline via our 24 hour helpline. The helpline is free to contact on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, and we are able to offer you free legal advice on whether you have a valid claim.
All claims accepted by our team of specialist solicitors are processed under our ‘no win, no fee’* policy. In order to find out how much you may be entitled to, Accident Advice Helpline have a short form on their website that can tell you, within 30 seconds, how much you might receive following a successful claim for compensation.
Date Published: June 12, 2014
Author: David Brown