Safety First: The Key to Happy Workers
Warehouse workers are exposed to working in unhealthy crowded areas. These people do not have the luxury of working inside their own cubicle. They work side-by-side sharing a small workspace and sometimes maybe even sharing materials. Warehouse employers have a duty to protect their employees from accidents. Some common warehouse accidents are as follows:
Slippage can happen as a result of spillage on the warehouse floor or tripping over obstructions. A fellow worker who had accidentally spilled some water on the floor while getting their coffee or juice may have caused this type of accident.
Serious physical injury can be caused by defective warehouse equipment or machinery. Falling objects may cause this due to broken shelves or faulty ladders used.
Accidents may also happen due to misuse of warehouse equipment or machinery. Sometimes back injuries or hand and foot injuries may happen when untrained employees try to carry heavy packages or trip over packages that were not properly put aside.
Employees can file for injury claim when they experience accidents that are stated above or listed by the employer. They can file a claim for general damages caused by the accident that happened doing their job within the warehouse. They employee may claim compensation which may include items such as lost earning or overtime pay because of the accident. They can also receive reimbursement for medical expenses and treatment paid. This may also include any transport cost and other expenses sustained as a direct result of the incident.
Medical experts will evaluate the accident and can give immediate medical treatment when necessary. If the employee’s solicitor proves that the employer is at fault, the solicitor will file the claim in your behalf.
The best way to avoid any awkward injury claims is to observe accident prevention in the warehouse. Prevention is the best practice for employers to take care of their employees. Slippage can be prevented in the warehouse by making sure to post safety reminders in the break rooms. It is also best to employ someone who will regularly check the machinery to avoid any oil or water spillage.
Proper training for using warehouse equipment and machinery will prevent any serious physical injury. This training can be done during the employee’s orientation. However, it should not end there. Training should be consistent and employees should receive some updates when there are new standards in warehouse machinery or equipment. Warehouse machinery should also be fitted with seat belts or lap belts for additional security of the drivers.
Back injuries can be prevented by making sure that employees who carry heavy packages are qualified and are in good shape. Prevention of hand injuries may be done by using padded leather gloves to protect the employees’ hands from broken fingers; on the other hand, foot injuries can be avoided by using padded boots if the job requires handling big packages or carrying heavy load. Safety should always start with prevention first. Safety is the key to a healthy working environment and happy employees.