Law Offices of Anthony Choe

P 213-986-8498

contact Menu

We Care About What You Are Going Through

In this section

5 common causes of warehouse injuries

Warehouse workers conduct various tasks, such as breaking bulk materials down, labeling items, controlling inventory, assembling items, packaging orders, loading trucks and arranging transportation. Unfortunately, people who work in the warehousing and storage industry face serious risks when they perform these tasks. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the warehousing industry experienced a total of five injuries per 100 full-time employees in 2016. Here are some common hazards that injure warehouse workers. 

1. Heavy equipment

When people work with heavy equipment every day, they may get too comfortable and confident. If a warehouse worker underestimates the power of a machine such as a forklift, there can be severe consequences. Warehouse employees should always be cautious when operating or working near machinery to avoid any unfortunate accidents. 

2. Falls

Falling is a common cause of workplace injuries in warehouses. Certain employees may need to climb ladders or work at heights. If one falls from a higher level, he or she can suffer serious harm. There may also be risky surfaces in a warehouse causing workers to slip or trip. Certain hazards that lead to falls in warehouses include liquid spills, poorly lit areas, boxes lying around or loose materials.

3. Harmful substances

Some warehouses are full of hazardous chemicals and materials. For example, an old warehouse may contain asbestos. If the warehouse stores or ships chemicals, they could spill and cause injuries. 

4. Falling objects

Most warehouses have high shelves with boxes or other objects stacked on them. This means that falling objects are a concerning health hazard. 

5. Fires and explosions

Another cause of warehouse worker injuries is fire. Some warehouses may have leaking flammable fluids, exposed wires or improper ventilation that make fires more likely. 

Working in a warehouse is often strenuous and risky. All warehouse workers should be mindful of potential workplace risks and do what they can to stay safe.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Contact the firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Law Offices of Anthony Choe
3700 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 260
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Phone: 213-986-8498
Fax: 213-788-4450
Map & Directions