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Amazon and warehouse injuries

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Working in a warehouse comes with some risks because of the dangers associated with the environment. California employees might suffer injuries after accidents and mishaps. Recent government actions against Amazon cast light on the hazardous nature of such work.

Citations at Amazon

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to three Amazon warehouses based on ergonomic hazards that might cause musculoskeletal injuries. The warehouses are located in Illinois, New York and Florida. Musculoskeletal injuries could result from repetitive motion and poor posture, among other reasons. Not taking breaks on a repetitive job is also an example of an ergonomic hazard.

The are numerous ways that an employee could get hurt in a warehouse. The Florida warehouse also received a citation for potential struck-by hazards. Anyone hit by an object, machinery or anything experiences a struck-by incident, and these can cause major injuries.

Warehouses and workers’ comp

Any employees covered under their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance could seek benefits if they become sick or injured on the job. California is a no-fault workers’ compensation state, so an injured worker faces no requirements to prove negligence after an injury. However, there is a specific process the worker must follow to prove their claim. Timely injury reporting and undergoing the necessary medical evaluation are two steps.

People missing work after suffering an injury could receive benefits after an approved claim. Workers’ compensation could help applicants with medical bills and lost income. Disability and death benefits are also part of workers’ comp coverage. If denied, an applicant may file an appeal. The appeal may reverse the original decision and allow the worker to collect benefits.