Warehouse Accident Claims: FAQsWarehouses are potentially dangerous work environments and it is essential that all employers take the necessary steps to keep warehouse workers safe on the premises – unfortunately, this is not always the case and warehouse injuries happen more than they should.
What Are The Common Types Of Warehouse Accidents?Warehouse injuries range from the minor to the life-changing and even fatal, and can be caused by a number of accident types. The most common types of warehouse accidents, include:
- Slips, Trips and Falls The pace is fast in a warehouse and there are often hazards such as boxes, cables, spillages and machinery, that left unattended are dangerous and cause workers to injure themselves.
- Forklift Accidents Forklift, pallet trucks and packaging machinery can cause serious injuries to employees if they become trapped by them or crushed underneath.
- Handling Accidents There is often a lot of handling, lifting and carrying of heavy items in a warehouse, and without the correct training and equipment, these activities can cause a range of sprain injuries as well as more severe injuries.
- Falling Objects Items falling from a height due to insufficient shelving or human error, can cause head and brain injuries, and this type of accident is very serious.
How Can Warehouse Accidents Be Prevented?Employers have a legal duty to keep employees safe on work premises – and this includes contractors and visitors to the warehouse – to protect them from accidents and injury. Warehouse accidents can still happen where no one is to blame, and where all the preventative measures have been put in place to minimise risks. As a guide, employers can protect warehouse staff and visitors from accidents and injuries by ensuring the following measures are in place:
- Machinery Maintenance All warehouse equipment and machinery should be regularly maintained and kept safe for use.
- Training It is vital all staff have full health and safety training, and that this is carried out on a regular basis.
- Supervision Where necessary, certain activities should be carefully supervised to ensure everyone involved is protected and kept safe.
- Warnings Any hazardous areas of the warehouse should be clearly signed to warn people, and signs should be used to show where personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential. There should also be floor marking and signs throughout the warehouse to keep people in the right areas at the right time.
Can You Make A Warehouse Accident Claim?If you have been injured in a warehouse accident that wasn’t your fault and was caused by your employer’s or a fellow employee’s negligence, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
When Can You Make A Claim If You Suffer An Injury?You have 3 years from the date of your accident or injury to make your claim for compensation.
How Can You Make A Warehouse Accident Claim?If you are injured in an accident in your warehouse, there are certain things you should do to ensure you have the evidence needed for making a compensation claim. The steps you should take following an injury include the following, where possible:
- Report your accident to your employers
- Log the incident in the work accident book, giving details such as how it happened and who is to blame
- Take a photo of the scene and anything that caused the accident
- Speak to witnesses, if there were any, and note their contact details
- Seek medical attention for your injuries
- Contact a personal injury solicitor for advice on the claims process and your legal rights
- Keep as much information as possible about your accident and injuries, including paperwork relating to your medical care
Do You Have To Pay To Make A Warehouse Accident Claim?There are no upfront costs involved in making a compensation claim. We can provide you with a no-win no-fee service. This means you only pay for our legal work if we win the case for you. Our costs are always transparent and you will know from the start how much our fee will be – as this will be taken from your awarded compensation so there is no upfront fee to pay.
How Much Compensation Will You Receive?The amount of compensation you win will depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact the accident has had on your life. You are entitled to compensation that covers both:
- General damages This is compensation for your pain and suffering.
- Special damages This is compensation for the losses you have suffered, including loss of income if you are unable to work because of your injuries, and travel costs for medical appointments.