Warehouse Accident Claims *
A warehouse contains a number of hazards that can cause injury. In many cases, injuries can be attributed to the fast-paced environment and manual work carried out within a warehouse. Warehouse accident claims * occur, in many cases, as a result of employer negligence to provide a safe working environment. It is up to your employer to carry out routine risk assessments to determine if there are any potential hazards and ensure a safe working environment. They should also ensure that they provide the correct training and provide any safety equipment that may be necessary to prevent accidents and injury in warehouses *.
There is also an onus on all warehouse workers to follow the workplace health and safety guidelines to ensure that you don’t have an accident at work * – any reckless behaviour in work may be detrimental to your claim.
- Fractures or broken bones
- Limb injuries and dislocations
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord and Back Injury
- Sprains, pulled muscles & torn ligaments
- Slipped disc injuries
Common Warehouse Accident Causes *
According to the HSA (Health and Safety Authority of Ireland), the Transportation and Storage sector (including warehouses) has the third highest worker fatality rate in Ireland, after construction and agriculture. Some of the main causes of these fatalities and other injuries in a warehouse * are:
- Exposure to loud noise (Industrial deafness * and hearing impairment)
- Boxes not stored correctly
- Low standard of training
- Wet floors
- Objects falling from shelves
- Falling from a height
- Slips, trips and falls *
- Manual Handling Accidents
- Plastic and packaging left on the ground
- Use of heavy machinery
- Dangerous machinery
- Broken Equipment / Dangerous Equipment
- Exposure to harmful substances
Warehouse Forklift Accident *
Forklift accidents * are a common occurrence in warehouses. The main causes of accidents are faulty machinery, lack of training, loads falling from the forklift and negligence of the operator of the forklift. An employer has a responsibility to ensure that they provide adequate training and protective equipment to those who will be operating or working around warehouse machinery.
Common injuries include back and spinal issues, brain damage and breaks and fractures of bones. Forklift accidents do not just injure employees in the warehouse but in some cases, can injure members of the public or visitors to the site. If you have been involved in a warehouse accident * involving a forklift then it would be advised to obtain CCTV from the warehouse which will show the accident taking place. A solicitor can obtain this for you as they deal with your claim.
Warehouse Injury * as a Member of the Public
Warehouse accidents * may not just happen to employees but can also cause injury to a member of the public or a visitor to the warehouse. Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1995, employers have a duty of care to both employees and visitors to ensure that they provide a safe environment. A member of the public who has been injured in a warehouse * accident is also entitled to make a claim for this. In general, these claims are made against the occupier of the building, providing that they acted negligently which in turn led to your injuries.
Warehouse Accident * Prevention
According to the HSA the top 5 safety issues to be addressed in the warehousing environment are:
- Vehicle movement
- Managing the interaction between vehicle movement and pedestrian activity in the warehouse
- Loading/Unloading of goods from vehicles
- Falls from heights (from vehicles and equipment)
- Slip, trip and fall prevention, which can be caused by events such as wet floors, goods left unattended in walkways, uneven flooring, etc.
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