Working in a warehouse provides many Florida residents with a decent income, but it is not the safest work environment. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the warehousing industry’s rate of fatalities is “higher than the national average for all industries.”
What are the injury hazards present in warehouses?
Large and tall warehouses often hold a large amount of equipment and containers, all of which can pose injury risks to workers. Some of the most common hazardous situations occurring in warehouse work include the following.
- Accidents involving forklifts
- The collapse of improperly stacked materials
- Lack of personal protection equipment (hardhats, harnesses, etc.) in hazardous situations
- Injuries caused by making repetitive motions
- Falling from docks or driving forklifts off docks
- Materials falling on workers during the transfer from truck to warehouse
- Vehicle accidents involving trucks or other warehouse vehicles
- Manually lifting heavy items leading to back injuries
Workers’ compensation is available for injured warehouse employees in Coral Gables and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. However, many have found it hard to file their claims successfully. In other cases, those with a valid workers’ comp claim may receive a denial notice after filing.
You have rights after a legitimate workplace accident leaves you injured. The workers’ compensation program exists to help you pay for your injury and address your financial losses after an accident. One way to ensure that your claim succeeds is to have a legal advocate help you file. If you learn that your claim resulted in denial, a lawyer can help you appeal the denial and get the benefits you deserve.