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Workplace injuries in the warehouse and transportation industries

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

Working in a supply chain or logistics role can be physically demanding and dangerous.

Though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration implements safety standards to prevent falls, electric shock and other types of workplace injuries, negligence still occurs and employees suffer.

High-risk job duties

Every job comes with occupational hazards, but warehouse and transportation workers seem to encounter incredible risks on a daily basis. Some of the most hazardous jobs include:

  • Operating machinery or heavy equipment
  • Lifting, sorting or packing orders for shipment
  • Truck driving, loading and unloading
  • Unpacking or inspecting goods
  • Exposing oneself to harmful chemicals or substances
  • Working near highly-stacked objects or containers

As a worker in a high-risk environment, it is essential to remain up-to-date on safety standards and training protocols. Additionally, you should remain aware of your surroundings, document dangerous conditions and notify your supervisor of any hazards you see.

Employer responsibility

If you receive an injury while working in a warehouse or transportation job, your employer has a duty to compensate you for your pain and suffering. You may incur extensive medical bills, rehabilitation costs or permanent disability that prevents you from returning to full-time work in a laborious role. It is important to read and understand your employment contract and benefits, as some employers try to shirk their responsibilities by hiring through temporary employment agencies or third-party contract companies.

You may be nervous about bringing attention to problems in your workplace, but ignoring potential hazards can lead to accidents that result in catastrophic injury to yourself or others.