Warehouses can be very dangerous places if you aren’t careful and don’t follow all health and safety procedures. There can be a number of dangerous machinery within the environment or dangerous chemicals which you can be exposed to.
A few of the most common types of injury in a warehouse include:
- Slips, Trips or Falls
- Electric Shock
- Chemical Burns
Alongside these injuries symptoms of harmful exposure to chemicals can include:
- Skin reactions
- Lung damage
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Your accident must be recorded in the work accident book as soon after the occurrence of the accident as possible.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependant on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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Common causes of injuries in warehouses include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Being hit by a falling object
- Falling from heights
- Manual handling
- Forklift accidents
- Exposure to hazardous substances
Slips trips and falls are common in warehouses and can be due to many things. Poorly discarded packaging and scraps, spillages and oil and water leaks are the most common causes in warehouses. It is important that there is a sufficient cleaning and inspection system put in place by your employer, to reduce the risk of slips trips and falls at work.
It isn’t rare to be hit by a falling object in warehouses, as many goods are often stacked up on high shelves. Goods that are not stacked correctly and safely could potentially fall down and cause injury, especially if they land on your head. Injuries caused by this are due to the negligence of whoever stacked the shelf of which the item fell from. This could be either your employer or a colleague.
Quite regularly, warehouse workers have to work at heights. Falling from a height can create severe damage, depending on how high you fell from. It is your employer’s duty of care to ensure that the risk of you falling is minimised, as well as providing personal protection equipment such as platforms and harnesses, to reduce the impacts of your injury if you do fall.
Manually handling heavy objects should be avoided whenever possible, although sometimes it is absolutely unavoidable, and warehouse workers have no option but to handle these objects manually. If this is the case, your employer should certify that all workers are instructed on how to handle heavy items safely and effectively, to prevent any injuries from occurring. A common injury sustained from the manual handling of heavy objects is strains, which can be to the shoulders, back and arms.
Forklifts are very dangerous pieces of equipment and can cause really severe injuries. However despite this, they are very useful pieces of equipment and are therefore used on a large scale in warehouses. It is the law in the UK that you must have the correct training in order to drive and use a forklift. Therefore, if you obtain an injury whilst using a forklift that you are not trained to use, you may be able to claim for compensation against our employer, as it is in your employer’s duty to ensure that all staff using forklifts have the required training and skills to use one. Injuries can also occur if you have been driven into by a forklift. This would be down to the negligence of the person driving the forklift and so, that would be whom you may be eligible to make a claim against.
Hazardous substances are sometimes stored in warehouses, which creates a risk of staff being exposed to these harmful substances, which can cause illnesses.
If you have been injured in the workplace due to any of the above circumstances, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. This requires adequate evidence that your employer or another colleague is held responsible for your injuries.