Personal Injury Risks in Storage and Warehouse Sector
A number of industries are recognised as having injury risks associated with them, including construction, agriculture and transport. Another area with higher than average personal injury risk for employees is the storage sector, with an elevated injury risk among employees in storage and warehouse facilities. There is also risk associated with non-employees in self-storage facilities.
Whether you are operating a forklift or warehouse machinery or involved in manual handling, it's essential that your workplace is one where every possible measure is in place to avoid injury. What are the types of injuries that warehouse and storage workers are susceptible to?
- Forklift accidents frequently cause injury at work, very often resulting from collisions with people, while the vehicle is reversing. It's vital that employers have precise guidelines about areas forklifts can operate in, along with ongoing training for operators and non-operators alike.
- Staff in storgage facilties sometimes receive injury due to the improper storage of boxes or large or heavy goods, by other people. Objects may fall or in less frequent cases, shelving itself may give way causing injury.
- Physical strain or stress placed on the body can result in personal injury at work, particularly where a staff member is under pressure to move, life or push items within a certain timeframe.
- Loading docks can also pose a threat as can the busy nature of loading bays and distribution areas, particularly in relation to falls and impact from forklifts or machinery.
- Slips, trips and falls are common within the storage and warehouse sector and can be due to plastic or other packaging being left on a floor, boxes left in aisles or wet floors or surfaces.
Employers' and Owners' Responsibilities
Your employer must give you a safe place of work and provide you with safe systems of work. This means that all equipment, plant and machinery you use has to be properly maintained, inspected and be fit for use. It’s your employer’s responsibility to make sure that you’ve had adequate training and supervision to do your job. They also need to have systems in place that protect you from as best possible, from risk of injury.
Employees play their part in making sure that they adhere to health and safety rules and that they don’t take unnecessary risks. If you have an injury at work and believe that it is the result of the inaction or negligence or your employer or the owners of the workplace, you may have grounds for making a personal injury claim.
If you aren't an employee but are injured in a self-storage facility and feel that the owner or operator could have put measures in place to avoid it, you may also have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Personal Injury Claims
An accident in work can have many implications, as can one in a self-storgage facility. Often people suffer ongoing physical consequences including longer term pain and injury. They may also suffer loss of income and incur medical expenses. Sometimes people initially feel reluctant about addressing a work injury as they don’t want to “cause any trouble” or they underestimate the effects an injury may have on them into the future. There are however, times when those repsonsible for warehouses have failed to protect the health and safety of their staff in the workplace and may have been negligent in their duty. In these cases, an employee may feel the need to make a personal injury* claim.
If you get expert advice about the nature of your claim, you can make an informed decision on how to proceed. Your solicitor can handle any dealings with the Personal Injuries Board or the Courts Service. At Pilar, our solicitors advise clients on a daily basis, on all aspects of personal injury* claims.
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