Our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys want to reiterate the importance of workplace safety after learning of a recent accident that took the life of a Lowe’s employee in Charlotte.
We are conducting a series of blogs about common North Carolina work injuries and unexpected dangers that can occur in the workplace.
There are a number of different kinds of accidents and injuries that can occur at warehouses and storage facilities. Falling from a ladder, back injuries sustained from loading heavy boxes, debris or equipment falling from upper storage shelves or collisions with fork lift equipment are a few that come to mind.
The Charlotte Observer reported recently about the tragic event that killed an employee at a Lowe’s Home Improvement storage building in South Charlotte. The employee was standing under a garage door when it fell on him, struck him on the head and killed him shortly after being taken to Carolinas Medical Center. The store remained open following the accident with caution tape surrounding the area where the garage door fell. Detectives and the North Carolina Department of Labor are investigating the incident.
Employers have a responsibility to maintain a safe work environment by following these worksite analysis guidelines suggested by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
-Have an OSHA consultant come visit your warehouse or storage facility at no charge.
-Read up on hazards that can occur in storage areas or warehouses.
-Always encourage employees to report potential dangers and hazards that could potentially hurt someone while performing their job duties.
-Maintain an appropriate system for reporting hazards in the workplace.
-Have your employees form safety teams so more than one person is looking out for dangers or safety issues in the workplace at any given time.
-Review the worksite conditions from previous years in order to assure proper maintenance or changes have been made to enhance safety.
-Inspections of worksite conditions should be conducted by a trained professional, especially if hazards are detected and changes are needed.
-Don’t be afraid to get help from safety and health experts. Providing expert care can go a long way in preserving your employee’s well-being.
June is National Safety Month. All companies should create an open-door policy when it comes to employee safety by establishing open lines of communication and getting employees involved in an effort to make safety and health a priority. Create safety awareness and prevent unexpected injuries and deaths at work this month and beyond.
If you have been injured at a North Carolina job site and your claim has been denied, seek the help of the workers’ compensation lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. to get you the compensation you deserve. Call for a free no-obligation appointment at 1-800-8 1965.
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