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Common injuries that warehouse workers face

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Workplace Injuries

Working in a warehouse can be physically demanding, and workers often face a range of injuries due to the nature of their job. Even with safety measures in place, employees must remain alert to avoid a potential accident or injury.

There are five common injuries that workers are at risk of getting while working in a warehouse.

1. Muscle strains and sprains

Lifting heavy objects can lead to muscle strains and sprains. When workers lift items improperly or without proper equipment, they risk injuring their muscles, particularly in the back, shoulders and arms.

2. Falls from heights

Warehouses often have tall shelves and platforms where goods get stored. Workers may fall from these heights while retrieving or organizing items. Falls can result in serious injuries such as fractures, head trauma or even fatalities.

3. Slips and trips

Spills, debris and poorly maintained floors can cause workers to slip or trip while walking through the warehouse. Slips and trips can lead to injuries ranging from minor bruises to severe fractures or head injuries, depending on the impact.

4. Forklift accidents

Forklifts are necessary for moving heavy loads, but they can also be hazardous if not operated correctly. Workers can get struck by forklifts, caught between the vehicle and stationary objects, or injured when forklifts tip over.

5. Repetitive strain injuries

Tasks that involve repetitive motions, such as packing, sorting or scanning items, can cause RSIs over time. These injuries affect muscles, tendons and nerves, leading to conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis.

By understanding the common injuries that can occur in a warehouse, workers can reduce their risk of harm or injury by taking measures to protect themselves appropriately.