Without the hard work that is put in everyday across America’s industrial and warehouse workplaces, many of the goods and packages we rely on would be much harder to find. Unfortunately, these employees take serious risks when they go to work to perform these essential tasks. Getting hurt, or even killed, while working in a warehouse or factory is a very real possibility. If this happens to you or to a family member, the losses can be devastating. If you are badly injured or a family member has been killed, it is important to call for a possible Fall River Workers’ Compensation lawsuit that may be filed on your behalf.
What Are Common Warehouse and Factory Worker Injuries?
- Back injuries: These injuries occur often from heavy lifting, either in a single event or over a period of time.
- Shoulder injuries: These type of injuries include torn rotator cuffs and dislocations due to lifting or tugging.
- Knee injuries: These types of injuries include torn ligaments and menisci due to abnormal movements or long periods of time on their knees.
- Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs): These types of injuries may cause inadequate mobility and discomfort in muscles and joints. Arthritis is a very common type of MSD.
- Broken bones and lacerations: These injuries can occur from accidents like slipping & tripping, falling and being hit by falling objects, while also including crushed bones and severed limbs.
What Can Cause Industrial Workplace Injuries?
- Forklift accidents: Factory accidents involving forklifts are a top source of workplace injuries and deaths. One of the most common causes of forklift-related deaths is the forklift toppling over and crushing workers. Yet, forklifts are also known to cause severe injuries while loading and unloading materials or products. Employees have also been crushed by the lift, fall and get stuck between the lift and a trailer, or fall while on a raised pallet.
- Loading docks: Loading docks can become the utmost dangerous area in a warehouse. Workers may fall off of loading docks, be crushed while loading or unloading the trucks, may be hit by such trucks or may injure themselves while transferring supplies from the dock to the truck for delivery.
- Being hit by objects: Employees who are hit by industrial equipment are often at risk of very serious injuries or death, even when wearing the correct protective helmet or gear. Workers can be also be hit by tumbling loads of goods or unstable inventory, both of which have very serious consequences if they hit an employee.
- Fall injuries: Slippery or wet areas are far-too common on the floor surfaces of many warehouses and factories. These conditions, if not cleaned or closed off from foot traffic, can cause serious injuries to employees. The buildup of rubbish, debris, unfilled containers, pallets or even surplus inventory may generate tripping threats to employees.
Contact an Experience Fall River Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have been injured at work in Fall River, contact the Fall River workers compensation lawyers located at 408 Bedford Street, Fall River, MA 02720. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages, among other losses. We work with experienced workers compensation lawyers that charge no fee unless you obtain benefits or a settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 508-677-0500 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out a contact form on our site.