Ohio is home to distribution centers for many of the country’s leading retailers, employing thousands of people in strenuous, demanding jobs across the state. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the rate of fatal injury is higher in the warehousing and distribution industry than the national average for all industries. Requiring workers to receive and process freight, move and manage inventory, and load heavy items onto trucks, these jobs often leave workers suffering from injuries that prevent them from returning to work while they recover.
These are exactly the injuries that should be covered by workers’ compensation benefits. Ohio workers’ comp attorney Jim Monast represents distribution center workers and helps them get the benefits they deserve
How Injuries Happen in Distribution Centers
Distribution centers are an important and expanding piece of Central Ohio’s economy. Many workers are employed at Spartan Logistics, World Distribution Services, and the Columbus-area distribution centers for Walmart, Amazon, Kroger, Office Depot/Office Max, and Target. While workers at these distribution facilities have different employers, they share common work injury risks. Those risks include:
- Forklift accidents
- Lifting injuries
- Performing the same tasks repetitively
- Slip and fall accidents
- Getting hit by falling objects
- Extreme temperatures
These accidents can cause serious injuries such as:
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
- Hernia injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Broken bone injuries
- Neck injuries
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
If you’ve suffered these types of injuries while working in a distribution center, you need to try to protect your legal rights.
Contact a Lawyer When You Are Injured in an Ohio Distribution Center
Ohio workers’ compensation cases can be complicated. If you’ve been injured while working in a distribution center, Attorney Jim Monast can help you understand and protect your rights so you get the benefits you deserve. To learn more, we invite you to read our free book, The Worker’s Guide to Injury Compensation in Ohio, and to contact us directly to schedule an initial consultation.