Warehousing is one of South Carolina’s most stable industries because other businesses rely on warehouses to store their goods. This stability attracts many applicants whenever a warehousing position becomes available.
You can earn a suitable income and obtain employee benefits with a warehousing job. However, it serves your interests to learn about the many injury hazards that endanger those who work in warehousing and distribution centers.
Trips and slips
Just about anything can end up on the floor of a warehouse, posing slip and trip risks to employees. While most slips and trips only cause a scraped knee or elbow, you could still suffer a broken bone or other injuries. Make sure your workplace has protocols in place that minimize the risk of a slip or trip.
Falls from elevated heights
Whether using a mechanical lift or working on a high platform, a long fall could result in spine or brain trauma. Unfortunately, death is also a possible outcome after taking a deep fall. Demand proper safety equipment from your boss and use it steadfastly if you work in high places.
Getting struck by a falling object can result in a devastating outcome. Brain and spinal injuries are just as possible from a falling object as from taking a fall yourself. Wear proper head protection to minimize the damage a falling item or box can cause.
Of course, these are not all the injury hazards you might face if you work in warehousing. Always mind your environment, use your personal protective equipment and report safety violations.
If you suffer an on-the-job injury regardless of your occupation, seek information about the state’s workers’ compensation program. Doing so ensures you obtain the injury benefits you deserve.