What are the most common warehouse injuries?
The most common warehouse injuries and warehouse accidents include:
- Injuries from falling objects. In warehouses that store large amounts of stock up high, the risk of falling objects is serious. With palette racks that can fail and user error associated with forklifts, warehouse injuries can range from mild bumps and strains to death
- Manufacturing accidents. The most common injuries caused by manufacturing accidents in warehouses are damaged joints and ligaments, muscles, tendons and back injuries resulting from strenuous physical labour and working with machinery that has moving parts. Other common manufacturing accidents include overexertion injuries and repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Forklift accidents. Forklift accidents can come in many forms. The most common incident which can injure the operator is the forklift overturning, often when not loaded correctly. Forklifts can also injure operators if they fall off docks, between other vehicles, or collide with another forklift. Forklifts can also injure nearby workers if they overturn, can drop heavy loads on workers, or strike them when driving too fast
- Slips trips, and falls. One of the most common warehouse injuries is falls due to slippery surfaces. This is often due to wet floors that have been cleaned, puddles caused by rainwater near entrances, or spills that aren’t cleaned up. Falls can also occur when areas are not well organised and debris and stock are lying around and not put away, creating a trip hazard
- Crushing injuries. In warehouses where forklifts are being driven around, and large amounts of stock are being moved from place to place, workers can be caught between palettes, forklifts, trailers, and docks, resulting in severe crushing injuries.
If you have suffered warehouse injuries while at work, you could be entitled to workers compensation. If your injury was due to someone else’s negligence (either your superior or colleague) you may also be entitled to common law workers’ compensation. If you have been injured at work you will need to report the injury as soon as possible and seek medical assistance, ensuring you have thorough documentation of the incident. From here, it is a good idea to seek the advice of an experienced legal professional to talk you through the claim process. These claims are processed and paid by WorkCover.
How much you receive for your warehouse injury claim depends on a range of things including the extent of your injuries, the amount of medical attention and rehabilitation you require, if you have any travel costs associated with your injuries, the state of your mental health, and your ability to work after you sustained your warehouse injury. If your loved one died as a result of a warehouse accident, you may be entitled to death benefits. The total compensation can be anywhere from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Claims can vary in how long they take to process, depending on the severity and complexity of your warehouse injuries. LHD’s experienced accident lawyers can give you a timeframe for how long your claim will take to process, and help to simplify your claim, relieving you of some of the stress associated with your warehouse injuries.
The benefits you can claim after you suffer an injury at work in a warehouse include:
- Any lost income after your accident
- Pain and suffering you have experienced
- Medical expenses required to help get you back on your feet including operations, medication, and rehabilitation
- Travel expenses to and from medical procedures
- Domestic assistance if you are unable to take care of your personal affairs at home due to your injuries
- Permanent impairment benefits if you will no longer be able to work, or work at reduced capacity
- Future losses (like your wage) caused by your injuries