Warehouses are large buildings used to store raw materials and other inventory
prior to being distributed to the end user. They are an important part
of the industrial and retail economy, providing over 750,000 jobs in the
United States. However, warehouses can also be dangerous due to the many
safety hazards and heavy machinery they contain. If employers and workers
do not follow federal safety standards, accidents that result in serious
injury are bound to happen.
Common Safety Hazards In Warehouses
Below are the most common types of safety hazards and accidents in warehouses.
Forklift Accidents – Forklifts are frequently used in warehouses to move inventory
in and out of the warehouse or to other storage areas within the warehouse.
While they are an ideal machine for performing that function, they are
also very dangerous if not used safely. Employers must ensure that any
employee that operates a forklift is fully trained on how to do so in
order to avoid accidents.
Slip and Fall Accidents – Loose materials, poorly lit areas, liquids on the floor, and steps
and ridges are all common hazards that lead to slip and fall injuries.
Employers should install anti-slip floor tape where necessary to help
prevent employees from slipping and falling.
From Heights – Another common hazard is falls from heights. Whether it is an
elevated loading dock or a ladder reaching high shelves, workers must
be aware of their surroundings and make sure they are working safely to
avoid falling. Where necessary, employers should have fall protection
equipment in place.
Fires – Because of the type and amount of materials in many warehouses,
they can be particularly susceptible to fires. Employers and employees
should constantly inspect their warehouses for potential fire hazards
such as exposed wires, flammable fluids and gases, and electrical cords
running under carpeting or rugs.
Crushed By Object/Machine – On average two warehouse workers are killed every month in accidents
involving being crushed by an object or heavy machinery. It is essential
that all workers are trained on how to properly use equipment and machinery
in the warehouse, and any large objects that could potentially fall on
a worker be tightly secured.
Common Injuries Suffered In Warehouse Accidents
Below are some common types of injuries warehouse workers suffer from when
involved in an accident.
- Back injuries
- Knee and leg injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Broken bones
Employers Have A Responsibility To Minimize Warehouse Hazards
Employers have a responsibility to make the workplace as safe as possible
for its employees. Part of that responsibility includes minimizing hazards
as well as reasonably possible. If you have been injured in a warehouse accident,your employer may be liable for your injuries if necessary precautions were not taken to prevent the accident from happening.
At Arnold & Itkin, we offer free consultations to warehouse workers
who were injured on the job. Our attorneys can review the facts of your
case and inform you of your legal rights.
Contact our warehouse injury attorneys today to learn whether you are eligible for compensation.