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What Are the Dangers of Working on the Docks?

What Are the Dangers of Working on the Docks?

What are the dangers of working on loading docks? What types of knee injury can a worker sustain when working in this hazardous environment? Approximately 25% of all industrial accidents happen on loading docks. It's further estimated that for every accident that happens, there are 600 "near misses." Workers can suffer a knee injury when they suffer an "in-between" accident, fall from the dock, slip on the dock, or get run over by forklifts and vehicles operating at the dock.

In 2010, it was estimated that more than 10 million knee injuries and pain complaints resulted in doctor's visits. The most common types of injuries include fractures, dislocations, anterior cruciate ligament injuries, and meniscal tears. Other injuries include bursitis, tendonitis, torn tendons, and collateal ligament injuries.

Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common injuries suffered on loading docks. These can occur when oil or water accumulates in the area or when ice isn't removed. Workers can injure their knees as they attempt to arrest the fall or if they slip off the dock to the surface below.

Knee injury can occur if pallets or other loads topple on top of a worker as they attempt to load/unload the cargo. However, by far the greatest risk of injury on the loading dock involves forklifts. Each year, approximately 94,000 suffer injuries caused by these machines. Improperly loaded forklifts can fall on their side or topple off the dock. Workers caught beneath the forklift can easly suffer knee and leg injuries.

Trailer creep is another serious threat to workers on loading docks. It can occur when the trailer separates from the loading dock and creates a chasm that workers can fall into while loading/unloading the trailer. Conversely, creep can allow the trailer to push towards the dock which can cause severe crushing injuries to the lower limbs.

There are many potential parties that can be held liable when accidents occur that cause a knee injury on a loading dock. For example, employers can be liable for failing to adhere to OSHA safety standards while truck drivers can be held liable for failing to maintain chocks and other safety equipment. Depending on the factors involved, individuals may be able to file a workers' compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for their injuries.

Call Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Our knee injury attorneys provide free legal consultations to clients pursuing claims for work related injuries. We give emergency legal consultations on weekends, holidays and at night. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.