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3 common sources of warehouse injuries

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2022 | Industrial Workers' Accidents |

Almost any business that deals in a substantial amount of physical products has a warehouse. Warehouse workers are vital to both the safe storage of stock and the speedy delivery of goods to consumers. 

Unfortunately, this type of work does not come without hazards and there are hundreds of serious incidents every year in warehouses. What are soe of the more common causes of warehouse accidents

Forklifts and other vehicles 

Forklifts are a staple in almost every warehouse. They make lifting heavy goods so much easier. The downside is that this machinery is heavy and can move at a fast pace. If something gets knocked over by mistake or a forklift runs into someone who is walking, then the consequences can be devastating. 

Heavy lifting 

Not all warehouses have forklifts. Even when they do, there are not always enough of them to meet delivery demands. This means that workers still have to lift heavy items manually. Even the strongest human has a limit to the amount they can lift without getting injured. It’s vital that employees accurately assess what needs to be done and do not attempt to lift more than they can safely handle. Employers also have a duty to ensure that this risk is minimized. 

Slips and falls 

Warehouses are fast-paced environments with a lot of activity. Boxes, ladders and tools create trip hazards. Workers should always be alert to any potential trip hazards and employers also have an obligation to keep these risks to a minimum. 

If you’ve been severely injured then you’re going to have to take some time off to recover. Seeking legal guidance can help you to obtain fair compensation that will relieve some of the financial pressure.