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Protect yourself from the most common warehouse accidents

You are part of the foundations of commerce. Your job in an Illinois distribution center keeps the wheels moving and consumers happy. Whether you distribute products to stores, through brick-and-mortar ordering or through online shopping, you deal with the demands of time and money.

With the explosion of online shopping, you are likely busier than ever. Your quotas may be increasing and overtime is always available, but that may also mean your paycheck is growing. Whether that money is essential to meet your needs or socked away for a rainy day, you and your family depend on the steady income. What would happen if you got hurt on the job?

Safety training is just the beginning

Probably one of the first things your employer did after hiring you was to talk to you about safety. You and your fellow new hires watched videos about forklift safety and went through special training to certify you to use certain equipment. Since everyone goes through this training, you would think your chances of suffering an injury on the job are small. This is not true. Some of the most common injuries to which you may be at risk include the following:

  • Collapsing pallet racks
  • Exposure to hazardous materials
  • Forklift accidents
  • Slipping and falling

In fact, trips, slips and falls are the most frequent kind of accident in the workplace. Fifteen percent of all fatal accidents occur when someone slips or falls, coming in just behind motor vehicle fatalities.

While falling includes those who work at great heights, a ground level accident may cause an injury that could debilitate you with a back injury, broken bones or a head injury. Such falls can happen for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Leaving debris or clutter on the floor
  • Failing to clean up a liquid spill
  • Poorly lit stairways and halls

You can see how important it is to follow safety protocol and keep the work area clean. The more aware you are of the potential for a workplace injury, the more cautiously you may perform your warehouse duties. However, these things may not always prevent every accident, and as long as you work around large equipment, heavy merchandise and other people, you are always at risk of injury. If you are injured in a workplace accident, it may be helpful to know there are people you can turn to so that your family will be able to manage financially while you recover from your injuries.

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