Warehouse Accidents at Work


Types of warehouse accidents

There are many different types of incidents that can occur when working in a warehouse. However, some accidents are more common than others. Some of the most reported warehouse accidents include:

  • Chemical spills
  • Slips and trips
  • Falls from height
  • Crush injuries from equipment
  • Material handling accidents, for example, containers and boxes that have been dropped
  • Fires
  • Forklift accidents and other vehicle-based injuries
As a result of accidents involving the above, workers may sustain injuries that include but are not limited to:
  • Strains and sprains
  • Pulled muscles
  • Pinched nerves
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Burns

Although rare, some types of warehouse injury have proved to be fatal.

Why do warehouse accidents occur?

In such a high-risk environment, workers are dependent on everyone taking the correct safety precautions, obeying health and safety instructions and using common sense.

Unfortunately, the majority of warehouse accidents occur as a result of human error, either through negligence on the part of the other worker or through lack of training and support from the employer. For this reason, it is impossible to list all of the reasons why warehouse accidents occur. However, here are some of the most common causes:

  • Inadequate training, be it on how to fulfill their role or general health and safety precautions they must take working in a warehouse
  • Lack of appropriate safety equipment provided
  • Failure to wear appropriate safety equipment
  • Failure to report hazards such as spills, loose wires and boxes in pathways
  • Poor lighting
  • Incorrect operation of machinery
  • Incorrect operation of a forklift
  • Speeding
  • Failure to adhere to roadway markings in the warehouse

If you have been involved in a warehouse accident while at work, you could be entitled to worker’s compensation. However, actually pursuing a claim can be a lengthy and stressful experience, especially if you are trying to pursue your case while you are still recovering from your accident.

By putting your trust in the hands of an experienced workers compensation attorney, you can rest assured that you have a professional operating on your behalf and with your best interests at heart.

Our expert lawyers have the knowledge and skill needed to build you a strong, persuasive case and we will represent you every step of the way, allowing you to focus on what is important, regaining your health.

To schedule your complimentary, no-obligation case review with our experienced team of workers compensation attorney, please contact the Law Offices of Juan Lucas Alvarez in Coral Gables, FL today by calling 305-442-7375.

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