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Worker safety in warehouses

Warehouse workers in West Virginia who wonder how safe their workplaces are can look at several indicators that will give them a sense of their employer's commitment to safety. All new employees and contractors should be taken through a site induction. In addition to reviewing safety rules, the site induction should include the location of fire exits and the fire assembly point.

There should be built-in ladders throughout the warehouse so that workers can operate safely. If roof access is necessary, this should be safe as well and may also involve built-in ladders.

Falling from one of these ladders is not the only type of fall hazard that exists in warehouses and other workplaces. Many slip-and-fall accidents occur on a single level because of clutter. Therefore, a tidy work area and pathways are critical to ensuring safety. Workers should regularly clean up these areas so that people are not injured.

If an employee suffers a work injury due to a slip-and-fall accident, an unsecured ladder, a fire or for some other reason, they may be unable to return to work for some time. As medical bills mount and the worker is no longer receiving income, their stress may increase as well. They might not realize they are eligible for workers' compensation, and their employer might even tell them they are not eligible. However, this may be incorrect. Most workers under most circumstances are eligible for workers' compensation. Employees who are in doubt about their rights may want to ask an attorney. An attorney may also assist a worker in preparing their compensation claim. In some cases, a claim may be fairly straightforward, but with injuries where the link between the work and the injury is not as obvious, such as those related to long-term muscle strain, the process might be more complex.

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