Every workplace has its share of hazards, and warehouses are no exception. If you suffer an injury that is related to your warehouse work, you may be eligible for compensation through your employer’s workers’ compensation program.
If you work in a warehouse, it is important that you take notice of the following warehouse hazards.
This is, perhaps, the major cause of injuries in warehouses. A misjudgment of the amount of weight the forklift can safely carry or negligence on the operator’s part can lead to serious injuries if the forklift overturns or falls on a worker. Injuries can also happen if heavy objects that are carried by the forklift fall on the worker.
Slips, trips and falls
Slips, trips and falls constitute a major hazard in most industrial settings. Falls, whether from height or the same level, can lead to serious injuries like broken bones, head injuries and spinal cord injuries, among others. Some of the major causes of slips, trips and falls in warehouses include wet floors, loose cables, torn carpets, poor lighting and faulty ladders and scaffolds.
Most warehouses are generally used to store hazardous materials (chemicals and gases). Improper handling and exposure to these materials can lead to serious injuries. For instance, leakage or spillage of hazardous materials like inflammable gases can lead to poisoning, chemical burns or even fire outbreaks. Handling hazardous materials without proper protection can also lead to injuries.
Protecting your rights
The first thing you need to do if you are hurt at work is to seek treatment as soon as you can. Once you are out of danger, it is important that you report the accident that resulted in your injuries to your employer. Under Pennsylvania law, you need to report your injuries to your employer within 21 days from the date of your injury.
A warehouse injury can turn your life upside down. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests while pursuing compensation for your work-related injuries.