As a Joplin workers compensation attorney recognizes, there are many common injuries that workers at warehouses suffer and which can lead to workers compensation claims. The dangers faced by workers in fulfillment centers like Amazon and Walmart have been in the news recently and, if you fall into that category, you may want to be aware of some of the most common dangers in order to avoid them.
Injuries from Falling Objects in Warehouses
One of the most common characteristics of every warehouse setup is boxes and goods stacked high above the ground. In order to conserve space, this storage method is quite useful and typically can be done safely. However, accidents are not uncommon and humans do make mistakes in how things are stacked. If objects are not stacked properly, that will increase the danger of being injured from a falling object. In many cases falling objects do not actually injure anyone, but at times a worker may be hit by a falling object. When the object strikes your head, the injury could be severe.
Beware of Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Warehouse
With all of the activity warehouse workers must do, the risk of slipping, tripping and falling while working in the warehouse is quite high. What exacerbates this situation is the fact that warehouses tend to have an abundance of objects on the ground or jutting out into the walkway that increases the risk of tripping or slipping. The best way to avoid this potential danger is to stay alert and look where you are going. Also, workers need to be sure to keep work areas clean and clear of obstacles.
Avoid Strain From Lifting Improperly
The function of a warehouse is not just to store goods, but to take them out of storage when needed. Though workers use machinery to transport the heaviest items, they also do a lot of lifting themselves. Doing so results in 2 dangers. First, every lift can end in straining the back, neck, shoulder, or any other body part. Second, continuous physical activity leads to fatigue, which puts you in danger of every type of accident.
Equipment and Machinery Accidents are Common
One of the ways warehouse workers are assisted with heavy lifting is the use of equipment such as forklifts. However, this machinery and other types of equipment frequently used in warehouses also come with their own dangers. Any machinery that has moving parts presents a risk of injury, particularly to extremities. Be sure that all equipment is being properly maintained and is in good working condition. Also be sure that you have been properly trained on how to use all equipment before you attempt to do so.
Injuries and Illnesses from Exposure to Hazardous Materials
For those individuals who work at warehouses that store hazardous chemicals, the dangers of exposure can be serious. However, any warehouse employee could be at risk of exposure to asbestos, gas leaks, or other hazardous materials while at work. Following all safety protocols and remaining vigilant while at work are the best ways to avoid these hazards.
What is the Deadline for Filing a Workers Compensation Claim in Missouri?
You may be wondering when you should hire a workers compensation lawyer. If there are any complex issues in your case, the wisest decision is to consult with a Joplin workers compensation attorney. For instance, if your employer denies your claim or you do not receive your benefits as you should, then an attorney should get involved. The vast majority of employees who are injured at work do not appeal the denial of their claim. Consulting a Joplin workers compensation attorney is a wise thing to do. But, how long do you have to file your claim?
Be Sure to Report Your Injury Within the Time Required
One mistake you can make when it comes to Worker’s Comp claims is confusing the need to report your injury with actually filing a worker’s comp claim. If you fail to report your injury or delay in reporting your injury, you may be abandoning your claim. Under Missouri workers compensation law, you are required to report your on-the-job injury within 30 days of its occurrence.
Your notice should be in writing and should include the date, time and place of your injury. The notice typically needs to be delivered to your supervisor or another appropriate officer of your employer. Your notice should also describe the nature and severity of the injury. Keep in mind that failure to report your work-related injury within that 30-day period could result in losing your rights to workers’ compensation benefits.
If you have questions regarding warehouse injuries or any other workers compensation matters in Arkansas or Missouri, please contact the Cottrell Law Office for a free consultation. You can contact us either online or by calling us toll-free at (888) 616-6356.
He is licensed to practice law in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, eastern Arkansas, western Arkansas, and western Missouri. He was Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Crawford County, Kansas from 1987-1989.
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