Pennsylvanians who work in warehouses, distribution centers and production facilities face numerous dangers. These risks are not unidirectional, making it important for facility managers to conduct careful evaluations of the facilities and to implement the appropriate safety measures.

Falls are a leading cause of serious injuries and fatalities in workplaces The falls may occur on the same level or from one level to the floor below. Workers may fall from platforms or off of unprotected loading docks. Because of the risks of falls in these types of workplaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has standards in place that the workplaces are supposed to follow to prevent them.

Facilities should use guardrails around open holes and on the sides of platforms to prevent workers from falling through the holes or off of the platforms. They should also have safety net systems so that workers who do fall are caught before they contact the floor. Workers should have personal fall safety systems that they use whenever they must work at heights. In order to protect workers from other types of hazards, in-plant barriers and clearly defined work zones should be used.

Workplace injuries can be devastating, leaving the workers unable to return to their jobs for months or years. Some workers may be permanently disabled following their workplace accidents. When workers are injured at work, most are able to file claims for workers’ compensation benefits under their employer’s insurance coverage. Workers may be able to recover compensation to pay for all of their medical expenses and associated treatment costs. They may also receive benefits to pay for rehabilitation expenses. An attorney can provide more information as to the scope and nature of the benefits.