While injuries vary year to year, here are 5 types which consistently find themselves on the Top 10 (and usually in the Top 5) list:
- Over-Exertion/Strain-Sprain – Lifting, pulling, holding, or pushing objects all contribute to these type of injuries, which are seen frequently among warehouse workers. Over-exertion claims are also often compounded by heat-related claims.
- Falling on Same Level – The good old slip, trip, and fall injury. Torn floor coverings, uneven parking lot surfaces, wet floors, icy parking lots, even improper footwear can contribute to this hazard. Make sure walkways (interior and exterior) are well-maintained and free of obstruction. When mopping or cleaning up spills, be sure to post “Wet Floor” signs. Salt snow-covered and icy surfaces immediately and frequently.
- Falling to a Lower Level – Climbing on ladders, mezzanine level storage areas, scaffolding, or any other work above ground level presents this hazard. Proper fall protection is critical in avoiding serious injury or death when working at heights.
- Bodily Reactions – These injuries occur in near-miss incidents such as when an employee slips or trips, but rights themselves before a full fall, yet still suffers a sprain or strain injury
- Struck By – Objects may fall from shelving overhead, objects may fall from overhead cranes or other heavy equipment, workers may walk into the end of a beam protruding off the bed of a transport truck or even a shelf in the lumberyard.