Workers in the transportation and warehouse industries face many potential hazards, putting them at an increased risk for workplace accidents. According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, approximately 3,500 employees in the transportation and warehouse industries suffer occupational injuries each year. The primary cause of these injuries is slip and fall accidents, which account for approximately 60 percent of all injuries resulting in eight or more days out of work.
The BWC recommends assessing facilities and grounds for potential hazards and repairing anything that could cause a worker to slip, trip or fall. It also suggests providing adequate lighting and fall protection like guardrails for employees who work from higher elevations. Simply getting in and out of a truck poses risk of injury. Workers should be trained on proper procedure including maintaining three points of contact and facing the cabin.
In addition to slip and falls, warehouse workers may also suffer injury from machinery accidents, fires, hazardous substances, falling objects and performing repetitive motions. Employers must follow safety requirements outlined in the Ohio Revised Code. If an employer fails to follow the necessary procedures and an employee sustains an injury from an accident on the job, the employee may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
It is important for transportation and warehouse workers suffering from injuries caused by workplace accidents to get a proper diagnosis in order to obtain sufficient workers’ compensation coverage. Workers who suffer injuries from an unsafe work environment may consider seeking the counsel of a workers’ compensation attorney who can help pursue the maximum compensation possible.