A full quarter of the injuries that occur in warehouses happen right at the loading dock. The hustle and bustle of the shipping and receiving atmosphere creates many opportunities for unwary workers to hurt themselves or others working around them.
Below are some of the most frequent accidents associated with injuries on loading docks, along with ways they may be decreased.
-- Loose cargo. Improperly secured cargo loads can crush dockworkers, leaving them with permanent disabilities or dead.
-- Slip and falls. Falls are the primary cause of loading dock injuries. When liquids leak or spill and pool on surface areas, they increase the risk of falls. Workers also are in danger of falling off the dock, which can result in devastating injuries and paralysis.
-- Crushing injuries. Whether from getting pinned by a vehicle to a wall or the loading dock or having a payload slip off and strike laborers unloading trucks, crushing injuries are very serious and life-threatening.
-- Forklift mishaps. Forklifts are both handy and incredibly dangerous on a job site. No one should cross in back or front of a forklift that's in motion, as the operators have blind spots just like vehicle drivers.
-- Repetitive motion injuries, strains and soft tissue injuries. Warehouse work is physically demanding, causing those who were never given the proper equipment or training to risk being hurt by improper lifting techniques and other problems.
If you were injured on the job or lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident, you may want to pursue litigation that could lead to significant financial recovery.
Source: Cisco-Eagle, "How to Avoid Loading Dock Injuries," accessed Jan. 20, 2017