Warehouse growth may increase on-the-job injuries

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

North Carolina attracts companies that build warehouse and customer fulfillment centers. TheTimesNews.com website reported that one of the largest U.S. retailers chose to build an e-commerce warehouse in the Tar Heel State. About 700 employees could fill new jobs within a five-year span.

Workers may, however, face requirements to interact with automation and robotics while performing their tasks. Because of fast-paced fulfillment needs, several types of on-the-job injuries could result.

Working with toxic substances may create a hazardous environment

As noted on the National Safety Council’s Injury Facts website, warehouse workers may experience harmful exposure to toxic substances. Work environments with inadequate ventilation and oxygen deficiency may increase the risk of job-related medical issues.

For every 10,000 full-time workers, about 44 injuries occur because of environmental conditions. Employees reportedly lose 13 days on average to recover from medical problems brought on by a hazardous workplace environment.

Keeping up with automated machines may cause physical injuries

To keep up with automated machines, employees’ tasks may require quick repetitive motions that could involve lifting and bending. Constantly moving the same body part places strain on muscles and tendons. Overexertion causes more than 21% of workplace injuries.

Employees between the ages of 45 and 64 face the highest risk of hurting their back while performing repetitive movements. Slips, trips and falls also cause physical injuries. Workers at least 55 years old have a higher chance of needing time off from work to recover from sprains or tears that result from an unexpected fall.

North Carolina requires companies to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Assistance with medical treatment, rehabilitation and time off to recover may follow when injured employees file a claim.