What Can I Do To Avoid A Warehouse Accident?
The Law Of… Preventing Accidents In Warehouses
The warehousing sector employs 1.7 million people across 194,000 companies across the UK. But are warehouse employees at more risk of injury than in other industries?
The Health and Safety Executive list the number of fatal injuries to workers by accident kind in their report on Accidents At Work in Great Britain. Of all these accident kinds, at least four of them pose a severe risk to those working in warehouses.
Accident at work specialist, Lisa Wright, investigates the commonality of accidents at warehouses and what can be done to protect employees.
Why Is A Warehouse Accident So Common?
There are many examples of warehouse accidents contained within the media. When digging down into the reason they occur, it can usually be put down to a health and safety breach by somebody involved.
An employee of Balsham Buildings and Strong Clad fell 25ft from the roof of a warehouse during the autumn of 2014. He suffered a hematoma – a collection of blood outside the brain – as a result of the fall. Balsam Buildings, Strong Clad and Ernest Doe were fined for their breach of health and safety rules.
In June 2017, Encirc were forced to apologise for an incident where an employee suffered a broken arm. After the forklift truck accident at a warehouse in Cheshire, the company were also forced to pay compensation to their employee and admitted to a breach of workplace safety regulations.
The top causes of warehouse accident fatalities in Great Britain include:
Other types of common injuries at work include:
Each of these accident types pose a risk to those who work in warehouses. It is not always the case that health and safety rules and measures have been ignored, however, in these two cases and many more, it was possible for them to have been prevented had workplace safety regulations been adhered to.
How Can The Risks Of A Warehouse Accident Be Reduced?
The Health and Safety Executive produce many documents that guide employers and employees alike on how to stay safe at work. In their guidance for warehouse and storage workers, they outline what can be done to prevent some of the most common warehouse accidents.
Some of their advice to avoid warehouse accidents includes:
- Provide training in safe manual handling techniques
- Ensure good housekeeping to avoid slips, trips and falls
- Consider issuing appropriate footwear to employees
- Inspect equipment used for work at height for safety
- Ensure information about the health and safety involved in the delivery and collection of goods is shared with employees affected
- Keep a record of inspections, damage and repairs in a logbook
Claiming For A Warehouse Accident
Whilst accidents are bound to happen in any workplace, employers must take the necessary steps to create a work environment that is safe for its workers and minimises risk.
If your employer has not taken the necessary steps in order to protect you and your fellow employees from risks in your warehouse, they could be liable to pay you compensation for damages.
Whilst compensation might not be a priority for you after suffering an accident at work, compensation from a warehouse accident claim can go towards medical costs via interim payments.
Compensation may also help your recovery in the long term by providing you with the means to get private medical care as well as any equipment you might need in order to support your recovery.
How Can Simpson Millar Help You With A Claim For A Warehouse Accident?
Warehouse accidents are common because of the nature of the work that usually occurs within them. But if you have been in an accident that was the fault of your employer, our experienced Personal Injury solicitors can provide you with advice on how to proceed with a claim.
"It is unusual for employers not to take the necessary health and safety measures to protect warehouse employees from a warehouse accident, but sadly this is not always the case."
"Compensation can make recovery a lot easier and often provides alleviation from financial stresses that are incurred by an accident at home."
"Even if you're not sure if it was your fault or not, it's worth contact a solicitor to find out if you might have a claim."