Some of the most devastating injuries commercial truck drivers can suffer don’t occur as they’re rumbling down the interstate at 70 mph. They happen when the truck is at a standstill at the warehouse or loading dock.
Roughly a quarter of all injuries at warehouses involve the loading and unloading of cargo from commercial trucks. Being aware of this can alert truckers and warehouse workers to unsafe practices.
Injuries that truckers and warehouse workers may suffer range from minor inconveniences to fatalities. Learning about these risks can prevent everything from mashed thumbs to crushing deaths. Below are some of the most frequent causes of workplace injuries for truckers and warehouse employees.
A forklift tumbling off a loading dock can cause catastrophic injuries to the operator and anyone unlucky enough to be working or walking beneath it. Fast-paced, loud environments exacerbate the problem because communication is difficult between workers.
If you are a truck driver or warehouse worker who suffered on-the-job injuries while loading or unloading cargo, you have the right to file workers’ compensation claims for your injuries. The amount that you receive depends on the extent and duration of your injuries. A North Carolina workers’ comp attorney can review your case and assist you during the claims or appeals process.