Workers Compensation For Warehouse Workers

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When warehouse employees go to work every day, they don’t anticipate being a victim of a workplace injury. However, employee injuries do frequently happen in the warehouse, whether you are operating heavy machine or a picker on the line. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 3.4 workers comp claims being filed for every 100 workers as of December 2020. This mean that out of the 1,295,500 warehouse workers there were 44,047 workers compensation claims filed with employers.

Common Warehouse Workers Injuries

Warehouse workers are subject to various types of injuries, regardless of the job type or responsibility. Each workplace has its own unique hazards and processes, yet there are some injuries that are often too common. These injuries can be fatal or cause lasting damage that puts an end to the labor-intensive and physically demanding career of a warehouse worker. Here are the top 10 most common warehouse worker injuries:

  1. Forklift & Heavy Machinery Accidents
  2. Assembly Line Injuries
  3. Overexertion & Bodily Reaction Injuries
  4. Transportation Accidents
  5. Slips, Trips & Falls
  6. Loading Dock Injuries
  7. Falling Object Injuries
  8. Crush Injuries to the Hands & Feet
  9. Repetitive Stress Injuries
  10. Back Injuries

OSHA’s Top 10 Warehouse Safety Citations

Every warehouse worker has the right to a safe workplace and should be able to count on exceptional safety policies and procedures to be in place to ensure workplace safety. Unfortunately, the job of a warehouse worker is a dangerous one, and injuries are a frequent reality. OSHA’s role is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing workplace standards. When a workplace receives numerous complaints or has repetitive accidents, OSHA sends inspectors to investigate. Here’s a look at the most frequent warehouse safety citations issued by OSHA:

  1. Forklifts
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Electrical, Wiring Methods
  4. Electrical, System Design
  5. Guarding Floor & Wall Openings & Holes
  6. Exits
  7. Mechanical Power Transmission
  8. Respiratory Protection
  9. Lockout/Tagout
  10. Portable Fire Extinguishers

At EMD Law our warehouse employee injury lawyers understand the devastating effects a workplace injury can be on a warehouse worker. Our goal is to get you the compensation you deserve. If you were injured at your warehouse job, contact us for a free consultation on your case.


Additional Resources:

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How to Avoid Workplace Injury

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