The 3 Most Common Hazards in a Warehouse

No matter what you do or where you work, there are probably at least a couple safety hazards in your workplace. For some people, working in potentially hazardous conditions is an everyday occurrence. Typically, employers will put safety measures in place to prevent their employees from getting hurt. Still, it happens on occasion.

When working in a warehouse setting, there are a large number of things that could potentially harm you. Making sure to adhere to all safety precautions can help minimize your likelihood of getting hurt. If you do happen to get hurt at work, however, you should make sure to get in contact with a workers’ comp lawyer immediately. They can help you make sure you get the benefit you need.

Lifting Heavy Objects

Whether it’s boxes of inventory, parts to a piece of machinery, or shelving and scaffolding, it’s always a risk to lift, move, and drop heavy objects. Incidents involving heavy objects are responsible for 22% of all injuries, according to the National Safety Council. You could very easily strain or pull a muscles by moving something heavy, and you should talk to a doctor if something feels wrong with your body after heavy lifting.

Slips and Falls

Although they might feel routine or common, someone could very easy break a bone or dislocated a joint because of a trip and fall. After all, falls at the same level are the third leading cause of injury in the workplace. You can help mitigate this by keeping a clean workspace, and using the proper signage for slippery or hazardous surfaces.

Heavy Machinery

A lot can go wrong with a piece of machinery. Sometimes, the machine itself does not receive proper maintenance and upkeep, making accidents more likely. Other times, an unqualified or uncertified person might decide to operate the machine anyway. Either way, over 7,000 people were injured by forklifts alone in 2021. Even though it might be tempting, every single safety guideline should be followed when operating heavy machinery.

Call Chris Miller As Soon As You’re Injured

If you were injured by one of the many safety hazards at your workplace, you need to act fast. You need to report your injury to your employer within 30 days of it occurring. What’s more, you’ll need a diligent and experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side. At the Law Office of Chris Miller, we’re helped hundreds of people settle for hundreds of thousands in benefits, and we can help you too. Call today for a free consult!