When workers are busy moving freight around a loading dock, injuries are not at all uncommon. In fact, a substantial amount of warehouse injuries take place on the loading dock, most of which may have been prevented by following proper protocols for safe loading and unloading. Injuries on the loading dock, especially those involving heavy machinery can equate to long periods of time needed to recover, if a full recovery is even possible.
The loading or unloading of trailers often involves multiple people working in tandem and when one person acts negligently, it can result in a chain reaction causing multiple injuries. Time should be taken to ensure forklifts and others are not in harm’s way.
Forklifts & Potential Injuries
A common piece of heavy machinery often present on a loading dock is a forklift and injuries involving these pieces of equipment are typically very serious.
Common forklift injuries include:
- Fractured and crushed bones
- Spine and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
What makes loading dock injuries even more regrettable is that the vast majority are preventable. Unfortunately, many corporation are too focused on their bottom line rather than the health and safety of their employees. Those companies which cut corners in terms of workers’ safety deserve to be held to account.
When you suffer a serious injury on a worksite due to employer negligence, you may be able to file a workplace injury claim against your employer and their insurance company for your compensation. You could be left facing steep medical bills and lost pay from your job on top of the emotional strain a serious injury can carry.
Those hurt on the job need to speak with our Fort Lauderdale workplace injury attorneys to file a claim on their behalf and recover the financial damages they deserve!