In every industry, even businesses where most employees work in cubicles, the chances of incurring a workplace injury exists. Certain industries, however, involve much riskier tasks that cause stress on the body and put workers in significant danger due to various factors. Individuals who work in warehouses or factories face the possibility of workplace injuries daily whether they originate from equipment used, the work environment in which they must complete assignments, or the type of work they must perform. Some warehouse and factory workers acknowledge that hazards may accompany their positions, while other employees may discover the peril after they unexpectedly become hurt on the job.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, eleven fatalities were reported by warehouses and storage facilities in 2015. About five in 100 warehouse workers sustained workplace injuries in 2016, which exceeds the approximate three in 100 average of all industries. Following are the most common workplace accidents that affect workers in warehouses and factories.
Most Common Workplace Accidents
Forklift Accidents: Warehouses use forklifts for transportation of products on a daily basis. Even experienced forklift operators who either walk beside or ride the forklift may become injured if the vehicle overturns and crushes the operator. During the loading process, the operator or other workers may sustain injuries from precariously stacked items. Forklift accidents reign as the most common cause of workplace injuries and fatalities.
Truck Accidents: Although many warehouses utilize outside trucking companies for hauling, some businesses still use their own fleets, which may result in work accidents.
Falling Objects: Since warehouses and storage facilities tend to store various items in their confines and may be moved from time to time, falling objects may endanger employees. A piece of equipment may harm workers, too, if it hits an individual or slips out of place.
Shelf and Rack Collapses: Similarly, shelves and racks may collapse, spilling the contents or the shelving unit itself, causing injuries and even fatalities for workers.
Slip and Fall Accidents: Slip and fall accidents occur frequently at warehouses and factories due to the constant moving of objects and excess materials residing on the floor preparing to be transported or shelved. Warehouse floors may be slippery or slick or may be uneven or contain different types of flooring, which could lead to dangerous falls.
Falls from ladders may also occur, which may result in serious injuries or fatalities. Loading docks may present significant danger to employees due to falling hazards, as well as the possibility of being crushed by an item or a truck that is moving boxes or pallets of materials.
Overexertion Injuries: Employees who engage in physical labor often face overexertion injuries, which may appear minor but could develop into full-blown health issues. Lifting or carrying large units may put excess pressure on the back, shoulders, and legs, leaving employees with debilitating, lifelong injuries that inhibit workers staying gainfully employed.
Columbia Work Injury Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Advocate for Injured Warehouse and Factory Workers
Injuries incurred at work may cause significant emotional and physical trauma for warehouse and factory workers. If you have gotten hurt on the job, our skilled Columbia work injury lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. will offer you assistance with your Workers’ Comp claim to ensure you receive all entitled benefits. Call us today at 803-929-3600 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
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