Distribution Center Accidents
Distribution centers are crucial to the product supply chain, but requiring workers to receive and process shipments, sort inventory, and load trucks can lead to serious injuries.
Distribution Center Injuries
Distribution center workers face numerous injury risks, including:
- Forklift injuries. Forklifts are more widely used today than ever before. Unfortunately, improper training, poorly-maintained equipment, and crowded facilities can lead to serious accidents. Typical forklift accidents include overturning, colliding with other forklifts, shelving, or inventory, and crushing or pinning workers. These accidents may cause severe injuries, including damage to hands and feet, broken bones, head wounds, and whiplash.
- Lifting injuries. Improper handling of heavy objects due to inadequate training, rushing to meet a heavy workload, and insufficient staffing are all causes of serious lifting injuries. These ailments may include damage to the shoulders, spine and lower back, a hernia, or a torn rotator cuff.
- Repetitive stress injuries. These injuries are caused by the constant replication of particular movements at work. Typical repetitive stress injuries include neck pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, and cubital tunnel syndrome.
- Slip and fall injuries. When grease, cardboard, or cables are left in the path of workers, they pose a danger. Typical slip and fall injuries include neck, back, shoulder, and knee damage in the form of strains, disc fractures, hyperextensions, meniscus tears, and ligament tears.
- Falling object injuries. These accidents typically occur when inventory is stacked improperly, causing objects to fall and strike workers. Injuries caused by falling objects often include concussions, back injuries, torn rotator cuffs, shoulder injuries, and herniated discs.
Protect Your Recovery
Injured distribution center employees are entitled to receive workers’ compensation to cover their medical bills and make up for lost income. If you’ve been hurt while working in a distribution center, you need an experienced attorney to help you receive the compensation you deserve. To discuss your claim, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by using the form on this page.