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Workplace-Related Injuries in Warehouses and Storage Facilities
Warehouse and storage facility employees are often required to transport heavy materials as part of their job responsibilities. These loads can be as much as 80 to 100 pounds and are usually placed onto pallets for further transport. Employees might suffer serious injury while on the job if certain practices are not followed; consequently, they may have grounds for workers’ compensation claims. A New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney may be able to advise you if you are concerned you are suffering injuries due to your job.
One common hazard is due to the fact that employees are asked to place the heaviest units of a load on the bottom layer for stability. Placing boxes on the lowest level often requires employees to bend forward at the waist, which is the worst posture to use for heavy lifting. It can result in serious strain on the back. This can be mitigated by using equipment such as a forklift or adjustable pallet jack to raise the bottom level of the pallet off the ground and closer to the torso to minimize bending at the knees. This can also be accomplished by stacking several empty pallets to raise the height of the bottom load. In general, employers should try to educate employees about proper lifting techniques and about the hazards of bending at the waist while moving heavy material. The use of power equipment rather than manual equipment can also aid in this process.
If you are concerned your workplace is encouraging unsafe transporting techniques, contact New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney Dan T. Matrafajlo today at (908) 248-4404 for a free initial consultation.