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Preventing falls in a warehouse

Georgia employers should make worker safety a top priority and enforce safety rules at all times. Doing so could prevent injuries or deaths in the workplace. One warehouse worker died after he fell from a pallet that was 7 feet off of the ground. He had been elevated by a forklift to a storage rack that was roughly 8 feet above a concrete floor.

The accident could have been prevented by following manufacturer instructions related to the proper use of pallets elevated by forklifts. Furthermore, employees may benefit from additional training or certification related to using forklifts properly in the aftermath of such an accident. It could also have been prevented by providing employees with better equipment to reach items that were high off the ground. Employers should buy personnel platforms to keep workers safe when they need to be raised to higher elevations within a warehouse.

A high-lift order picker may also be appropriate for workers who have to work several feet off of the ground. This is a truck that is equipped with a fall arrest system that may help prevent injuries or death in the event of a fall. Equipment provided should meet standards included in the Walking-Working Surfaces rule as well as any other standards set by OSHA.

The family members of those who are killed in a fall at work may be entitled to compensation under the employer's insurance coverage. It will be necessary to file a workers' compensation death benefits claim, and an attorney can help complete that step as well as provide advocacy in a subsequent hearing if the claim is disputed.

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