As a worker, you never expect to go into your job and potentially suffer significant injuries. However, several industries have potentially dangerous aspects that can result in long-term damages. One such worksite is a warehouse, where there are many elements that workers use that may be harmful because of misuse, lack of safety protocols, or negligence.
A warehouse accident can be devastating to experience, and if you endure harm, you should know what rights and options you have. Below, we’ll detail some of the dangers you may encounter. When you know some of the most common warehouse accidents, you can take steps to stay as safe as possible in your workplace.
Here are some of the most common warehouse accidents:
- Forklift accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Falling objects
- Rack collapses
- Repetitive motion stress
If you suffer an injury on the job, know what your rights are. Call our firm today at (916) 884-6554 and learn what rights you have.
Forklifts are standard machinery in warehouses, and countless employees use them to lift heavier objects and pallets onto shelves and racks. Operating a forklift requires care and attentiveness, but some workers may lose focus while operating the forklift, or the heavy machinery may be defective. It helps workers to fully understand their forklift and analyze any possible hazards before operating one.
Forklift accidents often involve crushing injuries that can be life-threatening.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Whether there is wiring or cords along the floor, a slippery patch, or a liquid spill, there’s plenty of potential for slip and fall accidents in warehouses. These are some of the most dangerous types of accidents because they can cause spine and brain injuries.
A slip and fall accident is preventable, but it requires workers to be vigilant and pay close attention to what may be on the floor.
In a warehouse, workers place many items and merchandise on racks and shelving. Unfortunately, this means there’s always the risk that something can fall and hit someone working on the floor below. Unfortunately, some heavier or sharper items could lead to severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries.
Many warehouses have pallet racks where they put merchandise. When stowing merchandise properly, there should be no problems. However, when an error occurs, it can cause the whole rack to collapse. If anyone is in the collapsing rack’s general vicinity, it can cause significant harm from heavy objects falling on a worker.
To keep employees safe, here are a few things that can be done to help, including:
- Regularly checking and maintaining racks
- Keeping heavier items closer to the ground
- Ensuring there’s enough space to load products
Repetitive Motion Stress
Far too often, people discount how dangerous repetitive motion stress can be. Specific actions done over and over again can lead to severe injuries, including strains, sprains, back pain, and more. Over time, significant amounts of work can cause wear and tear on the body, potentially leading to long-term problems that cause workers to miss work.
It’s crucial for employers to protect workers. Employees should know how to keep themselves safe whenever they are in a potentially harmful workplace.
At Rancaño & Rancaño, APLC, we’re committed to helping you through any situation where you may sustain a severe injury in the workplace. We care for the hard workers in our community, and when an injury occurs, we go above and beyond to provide the trusted representation when you need it most.
Our Modesto injured workers’ lawyers are here for you every step of the way. We have recovered millions for our community, and we’re ready to be your trusted advocates throughout the entire process. We fight for justice, so you don’t have to.
For a free consultation, we encourage you to call our firm at (916) 884-6554 today.