There are many jobs on the market, and one of them that often pays well and has good benefits is working in a warehouse. However, like most jobs, working in a warehouse is not always safe. Many warehouse employees are injured on the job.
When an employee is injured on the job, they may benefit from workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation can help provide employees with medical coverage and lost wages. Here are a few ways employees may be injured while working in a warehouse:
Forklifts are an essential tool in warehouses and should be operated by employees who are trained and experienced. However, that doesn’t always prevent injuries. A forklift accident could be caused by speeding, improper signaling and neglectful actions. As a result, employees may be seriously injured. The prongs on forklifts are especially dangerous and can cause fatal wounds in an accident.
Slips and falls
Warehouse floors could be covered in oil and water, making it harder for employees to keep traction. Employees may also fall over loose wires and debris. A slip and fall could cause traumatic head and spine injuries to employees.
When working in a warehouse, it is especially important for shipments to be stacked correctly. If a shipment is stacked haphazardly, the stack could fall on top of workers. An employee injured by a falling shipment could suffer severe injuries, such as broken bones and organ damage.
Fatigue and overexertion
Warehouse work can be tedious and repetitive. Many employees work long hours with very few breaks. As a result, employees may suffer from severe fatigue, overexertion and repetitive motion injuries. These kinds of injuries can cause long-lasting psychological and physical effects to workers.
Knowing whether you’re entitled to workers’ comp benefits could greatly help your future. You may need to reach out for legal help to learn more.