Hazards of Warehouse WorkFebruary 8, 2018
Warehouses play an extremely important role in the industrial and retail economy in the United States. The warehouse industry provides over 750,000 jobs, ranging from general laborers to shipping specialists. While a warehouse job can provide a steady paycheck for the workers, they can also be a dangerous place to work if employees are not properly trained, or do not follow federal safety standards. Warehouse work is often physically demanding, and may require the worker to operate heavy machinery, unload inventory from high shelves, or be exposed to potential fire hazards. When the appropriate safety precautions are not taken, a workplace accident can cause serious injuries.
Most Common Safety Hazards for Warehouse Workers
- Forklift Accidents: Forklifts are often used to transport inventory from one storage area to another, or to move materials in or out of the warehouse. Employees must be trained on how to safely operate the machine to avoid serious accidents that can occur if the forklift tips over or runs into another worker.
- Slip and Fall Accidents: This type of accident often occurs because of spilled liquids on the floor, poorly lit areas, uneven steps, and other hazards that can cause a worker to slip and fall. Work areas should be well-lit, and employers should consider installing anti-slip floor tape to prevent slip and fall injuries.
- Falls from Heights: Warehouse workers often climb ladders to reach high shelves, or load materials onto elevated loading docks. If they do not follow the safety protocols, or if their employer did not provide the appropriate fall protection equipment, they can suffer a serious injury.
- Fires: Potential fire hazards, like exposed wires, flammable liquids, and electrical cords running under carpets should be inspected on a regular basis by both employers and employees. Employers should conduct fire drills, and review evacuation procedures.
- Crushed by Object/Machine: Approximately two warehouse workers are fatally injured each month from being crushed by heavy machinery. All employees must be properly trained on how to use equipment, or any large object that could pose a serious safety risk.
The following are examples of common injuries that can result from a workplace warehouse accident:
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Knee and leg injuries
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Shoulder injuries
Many of these injuries can be avoided if the employer makes safety a top priority. By minimizing potential hazards, workers are less likely to become injured. However, if a warehouse worker is injured while on the job, Workers’ Compensation will cover any medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with the injury. An experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer can address any questions and concerns you might have.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Maximum Benefits for Victims of Warehouse Accidents
If you have been injured in a warehouse accident, the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton are on your side. Our dedicated team is committed to securing the maximum benefits that you are entitled so that you can focus on recovering from your injury. We will protect your rights every step of the way. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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