From online retailers to grocery store, many businesses use warehouses to ship, receive, and store materials and goods across the U.S. Factories are also necessary to produce and distribute products, providing thousands of jobs for Americans.
However, warehouse workers, stockers, and other freight employees face the potential for serious injuries in the workplace, both through accidents and long-term complications. In 2010, the transportation and warehousing sector saw more fatal injuries than any other sector in Texas, while it ranked second among fatalities in New Mexico, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Workers must lift, move, transport, and carry heavy loads, with many products stacked in high places or in massive stacks. If a load should fall, workers may be crushed underneath. The use of forklifts to move goods can also lead to injuries, especially when employees are not properly trained in their use. If any safety measures are neglected, a disaster can easily occur, causing life-threatening situations for workers.
Among the many injuries that can occur in a warehouse, workers face the possibility of:
- Chemical exposure
- Collapse of shelving, crates, or supports
- Falling from ladders or catwalks
- Forklift accidents
- Hands, clothing, feet, or other articles caught in machinery or wheels
- Vehicle accidents as goods are loaded or unloaded
Many warehouse workers spend years or decades at work in an atmosphere with high physical demands, leading to a range of health problems later on in their career. Certain methods are recommended for workers, such as lifting techniques and safety equipment, but even the most careful worker can face injuries from repetitive motions over time.
Long-term health problems for warehouse workers include:
- Carpal tunnel
- Corroded cartilage in the joints
- Joint swelling or pain in the knees, shoulders, and hips
- Muscle strain
- Spinal injuries
- Torn rotator cuff
Managers, foremen, and other administrators have a responsibility to provide an environment that is at safe as possible. If you or a loved one has been injured through an accident or long-term complication in a warehouse, distribution center, assembly line, or other environment through the negligence of another party in Texas or New Mexico, there may be a reprieve for the incurred financial difficulties in court. The Lubbock, Texas work accident attorneys at Liggett Law Group have helped hundreds of hard-working employees seek recompense for damages they have suffered in the workplace, and we can help you determine if you are eligible for compensation.