According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are more than 145,000 warehouse workers in the United States. About one in 20 will be injured while working in the warehouse. Safety is important in all workplaces, yet on-the-job injuries are common for warehouse workers.
Typical Warehouse Hazards
OSHA issues many citations every year for warehouse issues including:
- Forklifts –About 95,000 injuries and 100 fatalities occur yearly.
- Hazard communication – Workers may be hurt because they received insufficient information about chemical hazards in the workplace.
- Electrical, wiring methods – Often, workers are harmed by ungrounded electrical equipment.
- Guarding floor and wall openings and holes – Without safety equipment and guardrails, workers can easily slip and fall.
- Respiratory protection – Employers may be required to provide protective gear and training on how to use it.
- Lockout/Tagout – These tags notify workers that equipment is defective, damaged, or otherwise unsafe to use.
With so many hazards, it is no wonder that thousands of warehouse workers are injured every year.
Types of Warehouse Worker Injuries
The following injuries are very common for warehouse workers:
- Slip and Falls – Chemicals, water, dust, and powder on the floor may go unnoticed – until someone gets hurt. Occasionally, hoses and electrical cords may cross aisles and walkways, creating a dangerous situation for workers.
- Equipment-Related – Warehouse workers often use dangerous equipment, including lifts, hand trucks, power tools, compactors, and conveyor belts. Any one of these items could cause serious damage.
- Exertion and Repetitive Stress – It’s crucial for warehouse workers to lift heavy loads in the safest way possible. Also, their work may include repetitive motions that may lead to muscle and joint injuries.
When warehouse workers suffer on-the-job injuries, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ Compensation for Warehouse Workers
By law, most employees in Illinois are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Considering the dangerous work environment, it seems likely that warehouse workers may seek workers’ comp benefits for their on-the-job injuries.
With over 20 years’ experience, Osvaldo Rodriguez has the skills to handle your case from start to finish. To schedule your free initial consultation, or ask a question, call us at 708-716-3441 or fill out the form on the Contact Us page.
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We represent clients throughout the state of Illinois, including Cook, DuPage, Will, and Kane Counties.