Amazon Warehouse Injuries – 40 Percent of All Injured Workers Suffer From This Injury
From books to video games, Amazon has become one of the premiere marketplaces for shopping on the Internet.
The company website states that Amazon has over 300 million active customer accounts and over 1.9 million selling partners worldwide.
As much as Amazon sells, the company’s warehouses have become a popular spot not just for storage, but for job searchers as well. Amazon’s website states that its fulfillment centers alone can employ anywhere from 1,000-1,5000 associates.
With a fulfillment center near Glendale and warehouses not far from Los Angeles in Riverside and San Bernardino, it’s one of the leading and most sought after warehouse jobs in the country.
However, Amazon workers often find themselves in the line of danger.
49 percent of all warehouse related injuries in 2021 involved Amazon employees. At the Fresno fulfillment center, worker injuries are triple the industry average.
Amazon reported that about 40 percent of their on the job injuries are musculoskeletal disorders. A musculoskeletal disorder is an injury that greatly impacts human body movement.
According to the World Health Organization, musculoskeletal conditions are the leading contributor to disabilities worldwide. Lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability in 160 countries.
Common musculoskeletal disorders include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Musculoskeletal disorders are often caused by frequent or repetitive movement of a specific body part.
In the case of a warehouse worker, someone who continuously hunches over to pick up a box can put a great strain on their back. The injury can be worsened by improper ergonomics.
Another danger at any warehouse job is the risk of a head injury. A head injury can occur in a number of ways.
One example is a slip and fall.
A slip or fall can be caused by:
- Slick floors from a liquid spill.
- Loose carpet not adjusted or placed properly.
- Uneven floors that may be elevated or lowered in certain spots.
- Broken walkways or staircases, including hazards like cracks and holes.
- Missing handrails on stairs that can cause someone to lose footing.
- Equipment or machinery not appropriately installed.
A head injury can also be the result of a falling object or objects. At warehouses, loading heavy pallets or stockpiling large boxes can be extremely dangerous. One wrong move and something can topple over, land on your head, and cause a significant injury.
If you were hurt in an Amazon warehouse facility due an on-the-job incident, you may be eligible to file for workers’ compensation.
Workers’ compensation can help provide wages and medical benefits to employees injured while on the job performing a work-related task. It saves employers the hassle of dealing with a potential lawsuit every time an employee is wounded on the job.
The Los Angeles workers’ comp attorneys at C&B Law Group, are prepared to work with Amazon warehouse employees who may have been injured at work.
Taking on a massive company like Amazon may seem intimidating. It might feel like your requests will be ignored.
However, our team will dedicate time to ensure you receive the proper benefits for which you are entitled.
At C&B Law Group, we strive for customer satisfaction. Our large number of five-star testimonials are proof we often leave our clients with positive results.
Common workplace injuries our lawyers deal with include:
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Organ damage
- Wrongful death
If you believe you were injured at an Amazon warehouse in the Los Angeles area, get in touch with the attorneys at C&B Law Group now.
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