Philadelphia + Delaware County Manufacturing/Warehouse Work Accident Lawyers
When you consider the fact that over 145,000 workers across the country are warehouse employees, and one out of every 20 warehouse workers suffers injuries each year, it is clear to say that the warehouse and manufacturing industry come with some significant risks. Operating forklifts, transporting heavy materials to and from loading docks, fires, exposure to toxic substances, as well as other workplace hazards can cause serious, and sometimes fatal injuries.
What are Workplace Injury Risks Faced by Manufacturing Employees?
Following are some of the most common hazards that warehouse workers face every day:
- Forklift Accidents: Forklifts are responsible for the highest number of warehouse injuries and deaths, and usually occur when the machine overturns and crushes a worker. Other forklift injuries can occur during loading and unloading, or when a worker falls between the lift and a trailer.Employees should be trained on how to properly operate a forklift, including any relevant safety equipment that must be used in case of an emergency.
- Slip and Fall Accidents: Floor surfaces can become slippery from a range of materials like sawdust, spilled liquids, and other materials. Workers can fall when there is poor lighting or an accumulation of debris on the floor. Falling from ladders, upper floors, or loading docks can result in particularly serious, if not fatal injuries.These injuries can be avoided by keeping floors clean and dry at all times. Railings should be installed where necessary, and proper lighting will also help workers to detect certain hazards.
- Overexertion Accidents: When a worker tries to lift, push, pull, or lower too much weight, unnecessary stress is placed on the body, causing injuries usually to the back, neck, shoulders, or knees. Using the proper body alignment when lifting, and using equipment for lifting particularly heavy objects, can help avoid chronic, debilitating injuries. Unfortunately, according to many veteran factory workers, back injuries are a part of the job. The body can only take so much bending, twisting, lugging, and heavy lifting before it starts to take a toll.
- Fires: While one of the most potentially serious accidents with devastating consequences, fires are also the most preventable if employees follow prevention guidelines. For example, workers should always avoid using extension cords with exposed, or frayed wires. Stay away from flammable fluids or gases that are leaking. Never run electrical cords under carpeting.
- Risk of Being Crushed: OSHA’s weekly fatality/catastrophe report shows that two workers are crushed to death on the job each month.This can be avoided by providing training on the proper use of machines with augers or press machines. Do not move machines or trucks in loading docks, and be aware of your surroundings in case heavy material falls from an elevated floor or shelf.
- Exposure to Toxic Substances: Harsh chemicals can cause serious health issues. If you think you are being exposed to harmful chemicals like asbestos, notify your warehouse manager immediately.
- Falling Objects: When stacking heavy objects on high platforms or shelves, materials can shift if they are not stacked neatly. If a worker is hit by one of these heavy objects, it can cause serious injuries, or death, depending on the size and weight of the object.
Many of these workplace accidents are preventable, but unrealistic production quotas often put added pressure on employees to do too much in not enough time. When employees are overworked and overtired, they are more likely to ignore safety protocols and take unsafe shortcuts. This can lead to serious accidents with devastating consequences. Realistic timelines combined with the proper safety education can greatly reduce the incidence of warehouse accidents and related injuries.
Let Our Philadelphia and Delaware County Workers’ Comp Lawyers Help
If you’ve been injured while working in a warehouse or in a manufacturing plant, call our lawyers at (484) 679-5239 or go online to schedule your free consultation. Our offices are conveniently located in Media and Philadelphia, PA.