Warehouses can be dangerous places to work if the proper health and safety precautions are not put in place to prevent accidents. Employers should always protect the well being, health and safety of their staff while they are at work, and if they don’t and one is injured in an accident that was not their fault, they may make workplace compensation claims in West Bromwich against their employer.
Common causes of workplace accidents
Many of the hazards in warehouse can be avoided if bosses and staff are aware of them, and do their best to stop them happening. Such things as:
- Objects left on the floor are a constant risk in a warehouse. Strapping and packaging can be taken off goods and just left lying around – a real trip hazard for somebody. It should always be cleared away as soon as possible.
- Slippy floors because of spillages are another danger, if someone is carrying something heavy, slips and it falls on them, the results could be a very nasty injury.
- If goods are stacked too high and something falls and hits someone, there could well be personal injury claims in West Bromwich made. A small item dropped from height will gain momentum on its way down and can be like a lethal weapon if it hits someone.
- There is much heavy lifting in a warehouse, which is fine as long as the staff involved have had the training in the correct way to do this. Even properly trained, constant heavy lifting for long periods of time can cause back problems, and employers should be aware of the regulations regarding this.
- A forklift truck is an essential piece of equipment in any warehouse, but they can be dangerous if an unqualified operator is allowed to use them. Maintenance of them is also an important factor in avoiding accidents with these vehicles.
- Warehouses sometimes store chemicals and other dangerous substances. Employees need to be made aware of this, and provided with the appropriate protective clothing to work safely with them..
- The Work at Height Regulations main priority is that employers ask the employees to be above floor level as little as possible. If there is no way round it, there should be safety measures in place to prevent falls, as they can result in serious injuries and even fatalities.
Start your workplace compensation claims in West Bromwich today
If you are injured in an accident at work, or in any other type of accident that was not you fault, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline for assistance to claim the compensation you are entitled to.
Many victims start their claims by completing our 30 second test, because it gives an estimate of how much your compensation could be. Or you call and have a chat to one of our friendly advisors on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from mobile phone.
Date Published: 7th August 2014