Transport and Storage – Claiming Employer Negligence
The transport and storage sector is perhaps one of the more unsung pillars of British industry. The ability to migrate both people and goods over long distances quickly has helped to reshape how we trade, experience and buy things. Such infrastructure, especially where freight and warehousing are concerned, has helped grow the internet’s utility and online shopping trends from virtually nothing to dominating the retail market in under a decade. Still, despite its relatively behind-the-scenes, low-key nature, the transport and storage industry is a hotbed for workplace injury and musculoskeletal disorders. The sector collectively employs around 5% of the UKs workforce.
Public transport is spread nationwide across England, Wales & Scotland based on population density. We see it in less frequently in more remote areas like the South West where busses might come once an hour, and almost ubiquitously in area like London, where public transport moves millions of people on a daily basis. We’ve also adapted globally to accommodate transport in the form of land, sea, air and more recently, space. Fortunately, injuries are less common in public transport – at least where workers are concerned – than in logistics.
Logistics, whilst also spread through the UK, is statistically much worse for employee injuries, fatalities and musculoskeletal disorders. This subgroup of transport and storage includes Road Haulage, Warehousing, Freight Ports, Courier and Postal Services, Air Transport of Freight and Cross-cutting. In terms of work-related ill-health, air transport, and postal/courier services workers experience a significantly higher rate of musculoskeletal disorders. Where injury is concerned, warehouse and, again, postal and courier workers experience a significantly higher rate of injury than that of the national average.
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There have been an estimated 49,000 warehousing and transportation staff suffering from a new or worsened illness or disease they attribute to their workplace in 2019. In the same year, there was 29,000 employees experiencing injuries from accidents that weren’t fatal, mostly in the form of slips, trips or falls, and manual handling accidents. During that time, 16 transport and storage workers lost their lives, with over a third from being struck by a moving vehicle, and a further 20% due to falls from heights.
As experts in workplace accident and illness claims, we hold negligent employers to account for employee ill-health and injury. We can help you successfully receive compensation for however you’ve suffered whilst working in transport and storage. We can help you build a case on a no win, no fee* basis. Our team is available 24/7 on 08082391859 and will give you a free claim assessment and guide you through your claim with expert advice and knowledge.
What are the most common causes of storage and transport accidents resulting in injury?
When looking at causes for injury in the transport and storage sector and the correlation of higher rates in logistics workers, it becomes clear that the movement of objects is in itself fairly hazardous. 31% of injuries were due to slips, trips and falls, and 26% attributed to lifting and carrying accidents; there’s a general link to human handling of freight being dangerous both in transportation and warehousing stages of an object’s journey.
Whilst postmen and couriers have a statistically higher rate of injury than warehousing staff, the types of accidents effecting the later are broader in scope. With an additional 10% of injuries from moving or falling objects and a number of falls from heights, both typically seen in warehouse environments or more so in construction workplaces.
Most of the injuries sustained are due to workplace hazards, but in transportation, workers are more exposed to environmental threats. Water and air transport workers are particularly at risk of poor weather conditions affecting their safety. It also might go as far to explain why rates of ill-health and are higher in air transport workers.
The highest recorded accident types are:
- Lifting and carrying (Manual handling)
- Slips, trips and falls
- Being struck by a moving or falling object
- Falls from heights
- Striking against something fixed of stationary
- Being hit by a moving vehicle
- Making contact with machinery
Whatever the cause for your injury, our panel solicitors work their utmost to get you the highest rates of compensation. Speak to our team today to discuss your case and our no win, no fee* service using our helpline – 08082391859.
What occupational illnesses are typical in the transport and storage sector?
The rate of ill-health in employees of transport and storage is fairly consistent compared to all UK industries. This has something more to do with the lower numbers of stress, depression or anxiety cases seen in the sector, which has a substantial weighting on occupational disease numbers across all UK sectors. This is comparable to manufacturing also, which has low numbers of mental health cases.
But aside from that, the more common place condition effecting transport and storage workers is in the form of musculoskeletal disorders. Whilst a one-off injury from moving a heavy object might result in a fractured limb, ongoing force or strain can cause long-term physical discomfort in workers. This is likely why close to 50% of work-related ill-health cases are because of these disorders. It might be good news to hear that all rates of occupational illness are slowly declining in this sector.
Whatever the cause for lost time off work, or ongoing pain and suffering, speak our team. There may be a case to seek damages if negligent employers or unaccommodating workplace environments are to blame. We’re available on 08082391859 24/7 and provide a free claim assessment so that you can be clear if you do have a case for compensation.
What are the reasons for fatalities of transport and storage workers?
The were 16 fatal injuries to workers during 2018/19 – this is twice the rate of all industries in the UK. Surprisingly, that rate has remained fairly consistent in the last few decades. The three most common causes for it were:
- Struck by moving vehicles – 36%
- Falls from height – 20%
- Struck by a moving or falling object – 16%
It isn’t particularly clear as to what particular roles were most at risk of fatal injury at work. Combining the last two could point to warehousing accidents, especially where storing heavy items is concerned. Still, being hit by moving vehicles is also a possibility in storage companies, with forklifts and lorries docking. The main takeaway however is the number of deaths is too high, regardless of how they came about.
Can I claim on behalf of a loved one who has died or is seriously suffering?
Yes, we can help loved ones claim compensation for the loss of life, or if that person has become seriously ill or disabled. We aim to seek damages to help support families during such tragedies to do what we can to ease the burden. Speak to us whenever it suits you on 08082391859 for friendly and empathetic advice.
What advantages do I have if I claim employer negligence compensation against transport and storage companies with Friends Legal?
- We have a team of technical qualifiers who can assess your claim for free. If they feel you have a case, we bring your claim to one of our panel solicitors – that way you don’t run up any legal fees by just asking questions.
- Our telephony team is open 24hrs a day, but you can leave them a message with our contact form, and they’ll get back to you within a few working days.
- Our panel of employer liability solicitors can work on a no win, no fee* basis, meaning again, you’re not drumming up expensive legal fees by claiming for your personal injury or illness.
- Our team covers the whole of the UK, and you’ll be assigned to a panel solicitor depending on if you’re in England and Wales, or Scotland.
- We have helped many people claim compensation who have worked in transport and storage.
- We can also help with rehabilitation; arranging physio or in harsher situations, surgery and medical treatment. We offer a whole accident management package.
- We have a UK call centre, based in Manchester, and come from all walks of life.
- We fight for the maximum compensation for you, because ultimately your job is to make the company successful and they should at least ensure your safety in exchange.
- When we calculate your claim amount, we factor in loss of earnings, general expenses and any ongoing costs incurred, so that you get the highest level of compensation due to you.
- We’re friendly, empathetic and here to help you however we can.
Get in touch with our employer negligence solicitors** today to find out if and how much compensation you could claim.
If you’ve suffered because of work in transport or storage and your employer is at fault, call our helpline today on 08082391859 to start your claim – we’re here to help.