By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 29th October 2021. Welcome to our guide on warehouse accident claims.
You will find a complete and detailed guide to warehouse compensation claims for an injury caused by an accident in a warehouse while at work on this page on this page. Workplace injuries are common in the UK, with working environments such as a warehouse being one of the statistically dangerous places to work.
If you were injured in a warehouse injury, then this guide is for you. It covers how warehouse accidents happen, the damages they cause, and the process of making a personal injury claim for an accident at work.
If you would instead move straight on to making a warehouse injury claim, then call Accident Claims UK on the number at 0800 073 8801 so that we can help you get started.
Select a Section:
- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For An Accident In A Warehouse
- What Are Accidents In A Warehouse
- What Are The Most Common Causes Of Accidents In A Warehouse?
- What Are The Most Common Types Of Injuries In A Warehouse?
- How To Address Risks And Prevent Prevent Accidents In Warehouses
- Claim For A Forklift Truck Accident In A Warehouse
- Claiming Compensation For Warehouse Slips, Trips, And Falls
- Warehouse Injuries In The Workplace
- Warehouse Injuries In Public Places
- Back Injuries From A Warehouse Accident
- Warehouse Accident And Injury Statistics
- What Steps You Should Take After A Warehouse Accident And Injury
- Starting Your Warehouse Injury Compensation Claim
- Warehouse Accident Compensation Claims Calculator – Updated October 2021
- No Win No Fee Claims For An Accident In A Warehouse
- Making A Personal Injury Claim With Us
- Talk To Accident Claims UK Today About Warehouse Accident Claims
- Helpful Resources Relating To Warehouse Accident Claims
A Guide To Claiming Compensation For An Accident In A Warehouse
This warehouse accident claims guide will be of use to anyone who needs to make a compensation claim for an injury that was caused by an accident at work. Workplace injuries and work-related illness are common in the UK, despite the Health & Safety Executive’s best efforts.
In 2016-2017, there were over 600,000 injuries at work, and 1.3 million people suffering from some form of work-related illness. The total cost in lost workdays is estimated to be somewhere in the region of just under £15 billion.
If you were one of these people and proven your injury was caused by bad health and safety protocols in a warehouse, this guide will help you. You won’t find an online personal injury claims calculator on this page, and they are not accurate. You will also find information about factors such as the personal injury claims time limit.
What Are Accidents In A Warehouse
Before we look at how to make warehouse accident claims let’s look at how these accidents could happen.
Warehouse injury compensation is one of the most common reasons for damages to be claimed in a work-related injury case. A warehouse injury can happen in many ways, through many causes, much of which are covered below.
A warehouse accident is not restricted to the warehouse operator’s employees, and they can also happen to members of the public who are visiting the warehouse for some reason. The section below covers the causes of such accidents.
What Are The Most Common Causes Of Accidents In A Warehouse?
There are many causes of warehouse accidents that can lead to warehouse accident claims being made. Yet when we look at warehouse injury statistics as shown in the graph above, even though attempts are made to lower the number of occurrences of a forklift truck accident, the trend is fairly level. This is the general trend for all types of accidents, and despite the best efforts of warehouse operators, some accidents are unavoidable. The leading causes of warehouse accidents are:
- Forklift truck accidents – caused by a faulty forklift or improper operation.
- Faulty equipment – that malfunctions and causes an accident.
- Falling – such as falling from a ladder, or a shelving rack.
- Falling objects – such as stored items falling from a shelf, or badly stacked items toppling over.
- Toxic exposure – from chemicals and gases.
- Bad handling – through lifting objects improperly.
- Slips, trips and falls – on wet, dirty, damaged or obstructed walkways.
No matter how your warehouse accident was caused, Accident Claims UK can help you seek compensation for your injuries. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to find out how.
Workplace Accident Statistics
In this particular section of the guide, we will take a look at some critical statistics provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). As outlined by the HSE, the following statistics were provided:
- 1.6 million workers suffering from work-related ill-health (new or longstanding).
- 638,000 Workers suffering from a recent case of work-related ill health.
- 828,000 Workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety.
- 480,000 Workers who have work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
- 8.9 million Working days lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders
Many injuries can be caused by accident in a warehouse and result in grounds for warehouse accident claims to be made. However, some injuries are far more common than others. The most typical warehouse injuries are:
- Back and neck injuries – primarily caused by bad handling of heavy objects.
- Foot and toe injuries – caused by dropping heavy loads on foot.
- Arm and shoulder injuries – caused by trying to lift a weight that is too heavy.
- Fractures – caused by slips, trips and falls.
- Repetitive stress injuries – caused by using the same muscle groups over and over again during working hours.
There are, of course, many more injuries that you could sustain in a warehouse accident. Call Accident Claims UK is a personal injury solicitor that can help you, call us at the number at the bottom of this page to find out if you can claim compensation for yours.
How To Address Risks And Prevent Prevent Accidents In Warehouses
The UK Health & Safety Executive is responsible for defining Health & Safety legislation that every warehouse operator must comply with by law.
This legislation is published in the form of guidelines that aim to reduce the number of specific types of accidents (and subsequently, warehouse accident claims). For example, the H&SE publishes guides to minimise the occurrence of accidents such as:
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Falls from a height.
- Vehicular accidents (such as forklifts).
- Manual handling accidents.
If the company you work for has failed in its Health & Safety compliance, you will have a valid route to claiming compensation. Call Accident Claims UK at the number at the bottom of this page to assist you further.
Claim For A Forklift Truck Accident In A Warehouse
Of all the reasons we help our clients make warehouse accident claims, forklift accidents are one of the most common. There are many ways that forklift accidents can be caused, including:
- The warehouse layout – if the actual environment that the forklift operates within creates natural hazards, the chance of a forklift accident will be greater.
- People riding the forklift – unfortunately, people often decide that riding on a forklift is preferable to walking. This can lead to them falling off the forklift and being injured.
- A bad centre of gravity – a forklift is supposed to be driven under load with the forks close to the ground. If the operator fails to lower the forks, the forklift could topple over.
- Driving too fast – speeding on a forklift is a widespread cause of accidents in a warehouse.
- Bad driving – if the forklift operator has not been trained properly, they may not have the skill required to drive the forklift.
Claiming Compensation For Warehouse Slips, Trips, And Falls
A slip, trip or fall is the most typical of all common warehouse accidents that we help our clients make warehouse accident claims for. Ways that slips, trips and falls happen in a warehouse include:
- Slips – on wet or dirty flooring that has not been marked with a hazard sign.
- Trip – on faulty flooring inside the warehouse, or damaged paving slabs or curbstones in the outside area and car park that has not been marked with a hazard sign.
- Falls – down poorly lit stairwells, or due to the stair rail coming away from the wall.
No matter how your slip, trip, or fall happened in a warehouse, we can help you claim compensation if the operator was to blame. Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page to begin.
Warehouse Injuries In The Workplace
Warehouse accident claims are commonly made for workplace accidents.
As an employee of a warehouse operator, you are protected by UK Health & Safety legislation. This heavy regulation applies to every single warehouse that operates in the UK.
If your employer fails to meet its legal duty to comply with every single price of H&S legislation that applies to its business operations, leading directly to you being injured in a warehouse accident, then you will have a valid reason to make a compensation claim.
Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page, so we can advise you on whether we believe your employer has failed in the Health & Safety obligations, and you can make a successful claim.
Warehouse Injuries In Public Places
Many warehouse accident claims are made by members of the general public.
Members of the public who visit a warehouse, are protected by the same level of Health & Safety legislation as employees. Furthermore, they are protected by the Occupiers Liability Act of 1984, which clearly states that the owner of any building which allows public access in any way, must ensure that it is a safe environment t to visit at all times.
Therefore, if a member of the public is involved in warehouse accidents, and the warehouse owner can be proven to have failed in their Health & Safety duties or have failed to fulfil all of the regulation outlined in the Occupiers Liability Act, then a valid reason to claim compensation will exist.
If you were injured as a public member whilst visiting a warehouse, then Accident Claims UK can help you claim compensation for your injury. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to proceed.
Back Injuries From A Warehouse Accident
One of the most common injuries that warehouse accident claims are made for is a back injury.
Unlike other accidents, such as those caused by falling objects, in many cases, a warehouse employee may cause their own injury by performing manual handling duties incorrectly.
However, just because the warehouse employee injured themselves by lifting a heavy object in the wrong way does not mean that the warehouse owner cannot pay damages.
Part of the Health & Safety requirements that all warehouse operators must legally comply with are ensuring that all employees are trained in the correct way to lift heavy objects. If it can be proven that adequate training was not provided to the injured employee, a reason to claim compensation will exist.
Warehouse Accident And Injury Statistics
Here are some related statistics to warehouse accident claims.
Many industries rely on warehouse operators to perform critical duties. Each of these industries comes with its own particular risks in a warehouse. For example, storage companies need to make the best use of space and stack good high, which means that falls from heights are more common. Of the types of business that operate warehouse facilities, the statistics on work-related accidents for 2016 look like this:
- Defence – 2,320.
- Transport and storage – 2,580.
- Manufacturing – 2,080.
- Wholesale or retail – 2,250.
If you were involved in a warehouse accident, regardless of the industry you work within, Accident Claims UK may be able to claim compensation for you. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to find out.
What Steps You Should Take After A Warehouse Accident And Injury
There are several steps you can take after your warehouse accident, that will give your personal injury lawyer a much better chance of making successful warehouse accident claims, and these include:
- Take photographic or video evidence – for example, if you trip and a faulty floor, photograph the floor to show how it caused the accident.
- Gather witness information – if anyone saw your accident happen, make sure you get their contact details.
- Report the accident to your employer – and make sure that it has been entered into the company accident book.
- Get proper treatment – at the hospital to make sure that your injury is recorded.
Starting Your Warehouse Injury Compensation Claim
Starting warehouse accident claims is a straightforward thing to do. Just call Accident Claims UK at the number at the bottom of this page. We will ask you some questions so that we can learn about your accident and injury. This will include questions such as:
- Where did the accident happen and when?
- What caused the accident?
- Who do you believe is to blame for the accident?
- What injury did you sustain?
- What is the long-term prognosis for recovery from your injury?
- Were there any witnesses to the accident?
- Was the accident entered into the company accident book?
Warehouse Accident Compensation Claims Calculator – Updated October 2021
This page doesn’t include an automated damages calculator for warehouse accident claims. These are usually very inaccurate. Instead, we have provided a list of injuries with the typical amounts of compensation they receive below:
|Basic Injury||Notes About the Injury||The Severity of the Basic Injury||Typical Compensation Amount|
|Neck injury||Starting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to the neck.||Minor to severe||Up to £139,210|
|Back injury||Starting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to the back.||Minor to severe||Up to £151,070|
|Hand injury||Starting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to both hands.||Minor to serious||Up to £189,110|
|Wrist injury||Starting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to a wrist.||Minor to severe||Up to £56,180|
|Arm injury||Starting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to an arm.||Moderate to severe||Up to £122,860|
|Thumb injury||Starting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in loss of a thumb.||Minor to severe||Up to £51,460|
|Toe injury||Starting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage such as amputation of all toes.||Moderate to severe||Up to £52,620|
|Ankle injury||Starting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in a permanent disability to an ankle.||Minor to severe||Up to £65,420|
|Foot injury||Starting with simple injuries such as cuts or abrasions, through to serious damage that will result in amputation of both feet.||Minor to very severe||Up to £189,110|
No Win No Fee Claims For An Accident In A Warehouse
Accident Claims UK offers UK residents our No Win No Fee accident at work claims services as the most simple and effective way to make warehouse accident claims.
No Win No Fee means there really is nothing to pay until we successfully claim compensation for you. There is no charge to start a claim, and not charge during the claims process, even if it takes months to complete. If we fail to win your damages, you pay us nothing at all.
Making A Personal Injury Claim With Us
Accident Claims UK has years of experience in making successful personal injury claims on behalf of our clients, including warehouse accident claims. We have the experience and knowledge required to tackle even the most complex workplace accident claim.
When you call us to claim a warehouse accident, we will explain the claims process and how we can help you in plain English. We will always be available to answer any questions you have about your claim. We aim to get you the most compensation we can, while not doing anything at all to risk your claim.
How our solicitors could help injured warehouse workers
If you are injured whilst working in a warehouse, you may be entitled to claim damages for your suffering. That might be the case if the accident was caused because your employer didn’t complete a risk assessment or because you weren’t provided with Personal Protective Equipment. If you do decide to make a claim, it won’t normally be handled by your employer directly. It is more likely to be processed by their insurer.
Dealing with insurers can be tricky because they will probably want to minimise the level of compensation they have to pay. Even if they admit that your employer was negligent, they could claim that your injuries aren’t as serious as you say they are. Therefore, we believe it is a good idea to have somebody with legal experience on your side.
If you decide to work with us, and your warehouse injury claim is taken on, we’ll appoint one of our accident at work solicitors to your case. They’ll handle as much of the claim as possible so that you don’t need to discuss it with either your employer or their insurance company. Don’t worry, though, you will be updated regularly about how your case is progressing.
Would you like to find out more about how we could help in your case? If so, why not give us a call today?
Warehouse compensation claims FAQs
What are accidents in the workplace?
Workplace accidents are prevalent, especially in warehouses. As outlined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 693,000 Workers sustained a non-fatal injury according to self-reports from the Labour Force Survey in 2019/20. 65,427 Employee non-fatal injuries reported by employers in 2019/20
What are the 5 types of accidents?
- Accidents Abroad.
- Accidents involving Animals.
- Sports-Related Injuries.
- Clinical Negligence.
- Slip/Trip Claims (public liability).
- Industrial Diseases and Illnesses.
- Road Traffic Accidents.
Are warehouses dangerous?
Warehouses can be hazardous places, and employers need to carry out health and safety measures to ensure it meets the required standards.
Do I have grounds to make a claim?
If the following applies to your case, then you may be entitled to compensation:
- A third party owed you a duty of care
- That third party failed to maintain this duty of care
- You suffered as a result
How much could I be entitled to?
Despite claims from online personal injury compensation calculators claiming to provide estimated payouts, you won’t get an accurate figure unless you undergo a proper consultation. To discuss the details of your case with one of our specialist advisors and see how much you could be entitled to, please get in touch today.
How is personal injury compensation valued?
Typically, the extent of each claimant’s suffering is used to determine the award they receive in their settlement.
What types of damages could I claim for?
- General damages covers physical and psychological harm, such as your injuries.
- Special damages covers financial losses, such as loss of earnings.
Could I make fatal warehouse accident claims for the loss of someone I loved?
If you have lost a family member in a warehouse accident and the accident was not their fault, you could make warehouse accident claims for compensation. You would need to be able to prove that the employer was liable for your loved one’s fatal injuries. Sadly, in the UK, fatal injuries in the workplace do happen. In 2020- 2021, according to HSE statistics, there were 142 people who died as the result of a workplace accident. The most common cause for this was falls from a height, but there are other causes too. We have taken a graphic from the HSE’s report, which you can see below.
No matter what the cause of your loved one’s workplace fatal accident, we could help you claim compensation for funeral expenses, and even a bereavement award for yourself. We could also look into making a claim for the loss of financial support if you are a dependent of your loved one. We understand that the claims process could be quite traumatic, as you would need to go over some of the details of your loved one’s death. We promise to handle your claim with the utmost sensitivity.
Do I need a lawyer to make warehouse accident claims?
While we would advise you to strongly consider using a solicitor that is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to help you fight for the maximum compensation possible for your claim, it is not a legal requirement for you to have one. However, if you would like to learn about the benefits of using such a lawyer for your case, we would be happy to help you.
How can I contact Accident Claims UK today?
Please see the section below for information on how we could help you today.
If you are ready to claim for a warehouse accident resulting in an injury, such as warehouse manual handling injuries, then call Accident Claims UK now on 0800 073 8801.
Helpful Resources relating to Warehouse Accident Claims
Find out how much compensation you could receive after an accident at work.
At the link below, you will find UK Government published information on the Occupiers Liability Act of 1984:
At the link below, you will find the full Health & Safety legislation that applies to warehouse operators:
At the link below, you will find a guide to maintain a safe warehouse, published by the UK Health & Safety Executive:
Below you will find a link to our guide on back injury claims.
At the link below, you will find information on knee injury claims.
Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on warehouse accident compensation claims.