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Common injuries that affect warehouse workers

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Warehouse work can be physically demanding. It poses various risks to the health and safety of employees.

Understanding these common injuries is important for accident prevention and navigating workers’ compensation.

Slip and fall injuries

Slip and fall accidents are among the most prevalent in warehouses. Spills, wet floors, loose cables and cluttered aisles can all contribute to these incidents. Warehouse workers may suffer from sprains, strains, fractures or even head injuries as a result of slipping or tripping.


Lifting, pushing and pulling heavy objects are routine tasks in warehouse settings. Overexertion can lead to muscle strains, back injuries and hernias. Improper lifting techniques and inadequate training increase the risk of these injuries.

Forklift accidents

Forklifts pose significant dangers if not operated correctly. Collisions and overturns are common accidents that can cause severe injuries. Forklifts can strike workers too and cause fractures, crush injuries and fatalities. Proper training, regular maintenance and designated traffic lanes can help prevent these incidents.

Repetitive strain injuries

Repetitive tasks such as packing, sorting and scanning can lead to repetitive strain injuries over time. Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and bursitis can develop due to repetitive motions and poor ergonomic conditions.

Head injuries

Heavy items stored on shelves or racks can pose a threat. Workers may suffer head injuries, fractures or lacerations if struck by falling objects. Employers should enforce strict protocols for stacking and securing loads. They should provide protective gear such as helmets and safety glasses.

It is imperative for employers to identify and address potential hazards to ensure a safe and secure working environment.

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