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Common workplace hazards among Amazon workers

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

In Colorado, Amazon workers perform a variety of tasks, including sorting and packing products, operating conveyor belts, and loading and unloading trucks. Unfortunately, these workers are exposed to multiple hazards that can lead to injuries.

Ergonomic hazards

Ergonomics is the study of how people interact with their environment, and it’s particularly important when it comes to work-related injuries. Many Amazon workers are typically required to lift heavy boxes and stand for long periods of time, which can lead to a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. For instance, workers who frequently lift heavy boxes may experience back pain, while those who stand for long periods of time may develop varicose veins.

Chemical hazards

In addition to the physical hazards that workers face, employees may also be exposed to hazardous chemicals. These chemicals can cause a variety of health problems, including respiratory illnesses and skin irritations. One good example is the workers who pack and ship batteries. They can get exposed to a variety of chemicals, including lead and acid.

Noise hazards

Noise is another common hazard in the workplace that often leads to workers’ compensation claims. It can cause a variety of health problems, including hearing loss and stress-related illnesses. Amazon workers are often exposed to high levels of noise, especially those who work in warehouses.

Physical hazards

Finally, workers may also get exposed to physical hazards, such as moving machinery. These hazards can lead to a range of injuries, including cuts, bruises and broken bones. Workers who’re required to operate machinery should be properly trained and supervised to minimize the risk of injury.

If you get injured at work, there are a few steps you can take to seek workers’ compensation. First, you should report the injury to your supervisor as soon as possible. This will allow them to create a record of the incident and start the workers’ compensation claims process. Next, you will need to see a doctor and have them document your injuries. Be sure to keep all of your medical records and documentation, as you will need them to file a workers’ compensation claim.

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