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Each year, employees who work in industrial settings face countless factory and warehouse accidents due to their hazardous work conditions. Though these conditions have improved throughout the years, many environments still present potential danger.
Sometimes, it may be necessary to hire the services of a Daytona workplace injury lawyer in order to obtain full workers' compensation benefits. Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter has extensive experience with claims originating in warehouses and factories, and we will evaluate your claim for free. Please call us at (855) 880-4741 today.
Industrial Workplaces Are the Sources of Many Injuries
Industries in the United States are losing as much as $336 billion a year to workers’ non-fatal injuries, according to an estimate from the National Safety Council.
Factory and warehouse workers may suffer injuries for a variety of reasons, including:
- Unsafe working conditions
- A lack of appropriate warnings
- Unclear job procedures
- Inadequate training
- A lack of proper safety equipment
- Unrealistic deadline pressure
- Improper supervision
Common Factory and Warehouse Injuries
Aside from back strain, warehouse and factory workers are plagued by other injuries, such as:
- Pulled muscles, strains and sprains
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Pinched nerves
- Closed head injuries
- Neck and back injuries resulting in disc damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of eyesight
- Broken and fractured bones
- Repetitive stress injuries (including carpal tunnel, dislocations and muscle tears)
- Joint injuries
The Deadliest of Jobs
At the University of California-Davis, epidemiology professor J. Paul Leigh found that warehouse injuries accounted for 10 to 15 deaths per 100,000 warehouse workers, making it one of the top 100 deadliest jobs. His study concluded that falling boxes and containers caused nearly a third of warehouse deaths, followed by accidents in forklifts and other vehicles. The remaining workers were fatally injured from burns, heart failure, heat, and accidents involving various machinery or products.
Some other causes of factory and warehouse accidents include:
- Falls from heights
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Loading dock accidents
- Drill press malfunctions
- Slips and falls
Many factory and warehouse accidents could have been prevented. In fact, with the appropriate precautions, practically every industrial injury can be prevented.
As with any injury, the recovery process can be lengthy, resulting in skyrocketing medical bills and extensive absences from work. Injured employees face much more than physical pain due to an illness or injury. Emotional suffering is often associated with work-related injuries, such as depression, frustration and a feeling of worthlessness.
No Need to Prove Fault
In workers' compensation cases, you do not need to prove employer negligence or fault to qualify for benefits. The issues considered will be whether you were hurt badly enough to prevent you from working and when you will be able to return to your job.
Factory and warehouse accidents can be very serious. If you were injured or became sick while on the job in the Orlando area, please schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter to discuss your case by calling (855) 880-4741. We will fight to get you the benefits you deserve.