At Digby Brown, we understand that warehouses can be dangerous places to work and have helped many workers over the years, securing compensation after an accident which was not their fault.
Common types of warehouse accidents include unsafe equipment such as faulty machinery, loading injuries, falls and trips, forklift accidents, as well as lack of safety education and training.
Employers are legally bound to help reduce warehouse accidents where possible.
Regulations such as Manual Handling Operations Regulation 1992 and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 are in place to specifically help reduce accidents in these types of workplaces.
The Health and Safety Executive confirm that more than a quarter of the accidents at work reported each year to the enforcing authorities are associated with manual handling - the transporting or supporting of loads by hand or by bodily force.
Many injuries are caused by the incorrect application or prolongation of bodily force, poor posture and excessive repetition of movement.
Injuries may be cumulative, arising from a serious of incidents, rather than being attributable to any single event. These injuries can be severe, often resulting in permanent disability.
In 1992 the Manual Handling Operations Regulations were introduced to tackle the scale of manual handling injuries and to introduce methods of prevention.
Employers are now required to avoid hazardous manual handling operations, so far as is reasonably practicable.
That may be done by redesigning the task to avoid moving a load or by automating or mechanising the process. Where manual handling cannot be avoided, an employer is required to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of any hazardous manual handling operation and thereafter reduce the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable.
Particular consideration should be given to the provision of mechanical assistance.
Where that is not reasonably practical then other improvements to the task, the load and the working environment should be explored.
Further, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 set out health and safety requirements applicable to the use of lifting equipment.
This includes ensuring equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, marked and for many employers, subject to scheduled 'thorough examination'.
Mr Forbes was badly injured when unloading pallets from a truck when the steel fell off the pallet and landed on his legs.
Previously he was responsible for running the warehouse at work but he was no longer able to do this after his injuries and will have a disability in both legs for the rest of his life.
The accident could have been prevented if a risk assessment or plan had been in place for unloading non-routine loads.
Digby Brown secured compensation amounting to more than three times the original offer, helping safeguard Mr Forbes in the future.
Digby Brown offers their own funding for warehouse accident claims, similar to no win no fee. This enables our personal injury solicitors to fully pursue a claim and achieve the right outcome - at no financial risk to the client.
To speak to a legal advisor today for advice about a potential warehouse accident claim, please call us on 0333 200 5925 (local rate even from a mobile).
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