If you work as a warehouse operative and have been injured in any kind of accident while at work then you may be able to make a workplace compensation claim.
Making a claim for a warehouse injury varies depending on the type of accident you have had. If the accident was not your fault then your claim could be valid and it is advisable to speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer.
Warehouse Accident Types
The nature of warehouse work is physical and requires lots of moving about, moving objects and loading vehicles and pallets. There are, therefore, a number of different kinds of accidents that can occur while you are working in a warehouse.
- Falling from height accidents can often happen in a warehouse setting ad they often have very serious consequences. Moving boxes from loading bays and off trucks can present a risk of falling. The Health and Safety Executive states that working from heights must always be avoided if possible and this is written into the Work at Height Regulations 2005 which must be adhered to by all employers.
- Incidents involving forklift trucks are a common kind of warehouse accident. There is specific FLT training which must be performed for all those who are operating these kinds of vehicles. It is the duty of an employer to ensure this training is completed and up-to-date as well as ensuring operators have an FLT licence.
- Slipping or tripping in the workplace can be more of a risk in a warehouse environment as it is often the hub of activity with lots of objects being transported around. Objects left on the ground, wires not tied up or put away and spillages can often lead to these kinds of accidents.
- Being hit by a moving or falling object is also not uncommon. If items have not been stacked correctly or too many have been stacked on top of one another then this can also lead to an accident.
- The risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals and substances can be greater in some warehouses than others depending on the kind of objects being transported. The effects from chemicals can vary depending on the type of chemical you have come into contact with. If dangerous substances are used regularly then employers must comply with the HSE’s Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.
- Exposure to loud noises that over time results in noise-induced hearing loss or industrial deafness
Your Employer’s Duty
No matter what kind of working environment, employers should always make sure that their staff are protected as much as possible. They must carry out the necessary risk assessments and ensure that all equipment is maintained sufficiently to prevent any accidents.
There a number of precautionary measures employers and employees can take to help prevent the risk of accident in a warehouse:
- Ensure there is proper supervision in the workplace
- Provide workers with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) which might include safety goggles, gloves and work boots
- Display easily visible warning signs where necessary
- Ensure staff are properly trained in how to use equipment and potential workplace hazards
- Make sure items are put away or stacked properly
- Make sure there are no obstacles that could cause slips, trips or falls
Warehouse Worker Injuries
Warehouse worker injuries can often be severe. Falling and manual handling accidents can lead to head injuries, spinal damage and/or broken bones. Exposure to harmful substances can be very serious and sometimes fatal and if you have been in an FLT accident you could have experienced crushing injuries.
Any of these injuries may mean that you are not able to carry on with your job and it can also mean that you are suffering from psychological as well as physical disablement. A personal injury claim will take into account the amount of pain and suffering and it will also consider any medical expenses you have paid for and any loss of earnings you have suffered as a result of your injuries.
Making A Warehouse Injury Claim
If you have been injured in a warehouse accident and the accident was not your fault, you are legally entitled to claim compensation. Because these claims can often be complex, it is recommended that you instruct an experienced personal injury solicitor to act on your behalf.
The solicitors at Jefferies work with clients who have been involved in many different types of workplace claims and can often work on a no win, no fee basis. Call our team today on 0800 342 3206 for more information and advice.