Nearly every type of retailer and manufacturer uses warehouses for the storage of goods. Import/export businesses and transport companies all maintain warehouses to store commodities and raw materials. Workers are needed to load and unload these various materials from incoming trucks onto pallets and forklifts.
Warehouse workers are exposed to a number of hazards on a daily basis that can cause serious injuries or even fatalities. Some of these hazards include:
The use of forklifts is essential for the work being done in a warehouse. If they are not properly used and maintained, accidents can happen, and workers can get seriously hurt. Overloading a forklift can cause it to tip over and crush the operator and/or nearby workers. Employers must train operators, who should be at least 18 years of age, in proper operation, and to be able to perform routine maintenance.
The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires forklift pathways to be permanently marked on the floor to separate vehicle traffic from pedestrians. Drivers must use seatbelts and be required to keep their eye on the path being traveled to prevent distracted driving.
In this potentially dangerous environment, warehouse workers can suffer injuries such as:
Almost all warehouse accidents can be prevented, thereby protecting workers from injury and fatalities. Employers can minimize the risk to warehouse workers by complying with OSHA standards and regulations, including:
Additionally, all warehouses should have and review emergency plans and procedures for fire and evacuation, as well as chemical spills.
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides Workers’ Compensation benefits for warehouse workers who are injured on the job. It is a no-fault system, which means even if you were partly responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, you can receive medical benefits, wage loss benefits, and disability payments to help you recover from your work-related injuries. Families of workers who suffer a fatality are eligible for death benefits.
Some warehouse workers, such as dockworkers, may be covered by a different set of regulations. For answers to questions about how you are covered by Workers’ Compensation and the benefits available to you, contact a qualified work injury lawyer in Philadelphia who can help ensure your claim is filed with the correct agency, and within the required timeframe.
At Gross & Kenny, LLP our entire practice is dedicated to helping the injured workers of Pennsylvania. Our skilled Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers can help you with your legal needs to ensure you receive the maximum compensation available to you. Call 267-589-0090 today or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation in our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office. We serve injured service industry employees throughout the state.