Thursday, March 26, 2015

Can I Make a Warehouse Accident Claim?

Can I Make a Warehouse Accident Claim?

Warehouses can be dangerous environments to work in with a multitude of potential hazards, such as falling objects, tripping hazards and forklift trucks. It is important that employers and fellow employees follow Health and Safety regulations to prevent accidents and the serious consequences that can result. If you have suffered an injury that was not your fault as a result of a warehouse accident, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

Common Causes Of Warehouse Accidents

There is a wide variety of ways in which workers can be injured in a warehouse accident, some of the most common accidents for which victims claim compensation include:

Poorly discarded strapping or packaging is a common cause of trips, slips and falls. Spillages of water, oil or other hazards can also cause this type of accident. It is imperative that a warehouse floor be kept free of slipping and tripping hazards, which can lead to long-term injuries.

Falling Objects

Goods are often stacked high on pallets or shelving in a warehouse environment. If goods are not stacked correctly and safely or are stacked too high there is a chance that objects could fall and hit employees working below. Even a small object can cause a serious injury if it falls on to a person from height, and can often result in head injuries.

Falls from Height

Warehouse workers frequently have to stack goods on high shelving or remove goods from high places. In some workplaces, ladders, mechanical pickers and elevated walkways may be used to avoid employees working at height. If working at height is essential, equipment should be used which prevents falling accidents and employees should receive the appropriate training.

Manual Handling Injury

Lifting and moving heavy goods in common in a warehouse environment. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 are designed to protect employees from injuries caused by manual handling at work, and state that employers should eliminate any manual handling that is not absolutely necessary. These regulations also state that employer should carry out a risk assessment of all of the manual handling that cannot be eliminated to reduce risk as much as possible. Manual handling injuries often include back injuries, arm injuries and foot injuries. 

How Do I Make a Claim?

If you wish to make a personal injury claim for a warehouse accident then the first step in your claims process is to consult your GP. Your GP will be able to thoroughly explore the various issues surrounding your injury and provide you with a comprehensive overview of the severity and longevity of your injury, as well as any other minor or major medical issues that have arisen as a result. The consultation with your GP may give you the evidence you need to begin down the path of making a personal injury claim. If you do decide to make a claim, it is advisory to contact an experienced accident at work compensation solicitors who will guide you through the claims process and help your achieve the compensation your deserve. 

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