Warehouse Injuries & Accidents
Warehouses are large buildings generally used to store retail inventory, raw materials or other goods that require distribution. Over 750,000 Americans hold warehouse related jobs today. While warehouses provide a robust industry, they can also be dangerous to work in. They contain heavy machinery, toxic chemicals and product stacked high can create safety hazards. If you were injured while working in a warehouse, you deserve compensation for your injuries.
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Common Warehouse Injuries
Below is a list of the most common types of warehouse accidents and injuries:
- Slip & Fall Injuries – Slip and fall injuries in warehouses are a common injury, in fact, they make up 25 percent of all workplace injury claims. Poorly lit conditions, steps, uneven ridges and slippery floors are often found on warehouse floors. To prevent injuries, employers should install adequate lighting and non-slip tape in areas that might become unsafe.
- Fires – Depending on the type of warehouse, there could be a variety of flammable material, fluids or gasses on hand that could start a fire. Employers should always check for exposed wires or other potential fire hazards regularly to prevent injuries due to fire.
- Forklift Accidents – Forklifts are used most often in warehouses as means to move large, heavy amounts of stock from one place to another. These machines are very useful, but warehouse employees should be certified and properly trained to handle them, misuse of these tools could result in serious injuries.
- Falling for Heights – To maximize space, warehouses often stack product so high, it requires ladders, forklifts or other machinery to get the product down from the shelves. Employees can fall from ladders while trying to reach stock and sprain, or break bones.
- Crush Injuries—Warehouses often have machinery designed to crush or break down cardboard and other recyclables. If you or someone you know was injured by one of these dangerous machines, you could be eligible for compensation.
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