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Training and safety strategies reduce risks for warehouse workers

Warehouses in Virginia have become busy workplaces as more retail shopping shifts to online outlets. Workers must store and move large amounts of inventory, often in close quarters. Boxes on high shelves, forklifts and slippery floors routinely create workplace hazards. Warehouse managers have the ability to reduce the chances of accidents by training workers and installing barriers and automation equipment designed to protect people from injury and potential death.

Awareness training represents an important first step so that employees will understand the dangers in the work environment and how to use equipment properly. Training programs include information about how to stack boxes to prevent them from falling on people. Those who work on platforms also need to understand how to use fall prevention gear and observe safety regulations.

The installation of pedestrian barriers in a warehouse could buffer workers from moving forklifts or tumbling inventory. Certain types of automation equipment also have the potential to separate workers from electrocution hazards. Additionally, regular cleaning of the warehouse presents a simple but effective means of reducing slips and falls by preventing the buildup of moisture or debris on the floor.

An untidy warehouse or a workplace where management does not emphasize safety could place a worker at a greater risk of injury or death. A person hurt on the job may apply for workers compensation benefits, but an injured worker might encounter problems if an employer disputes the validity of an insurance claim. An attorney may be able to overcome resistance and connect a person with compensation for medical bills and lost pay. An attorney may track down information about the insurance policy and assist with the preparation of claim paperwork. If necessary, an attorney might file a lawsuit to pursue a settlement that adequately meets the worker's needs.

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