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Warehouse Injuries

Every day, our economy becomes more reliant on warehouse-based businesses. Amazon and other online retailers are replacing local stores at a surprising rate. These online retailers rely on large warehouse operations and distribution centers. Also popular are warehouse-based retailers like Home Depot, Walmart, and Lowe’s where employees and customers are both exposed to warehouse safety risks. Employees who work at warehouses and distribution centers are an essential part of making sure food and products are available to all Americans.  Yet, hundreds of thousands of preventable injuries occur at warehouses every year.

This page explains the duties that employers have to warehouse workers, highlights the most common safety violations in warehouses, discusses the protections all warehouse workers have under Texas law, and answers frequently asked questions.

Employers Owe Duties to Warehouse Employees

Texas law provides significant protection for injured warehouse employees.

Employers must keep their facilities reasonably safe for workers. This means the building and premises must be free of unreasonably dangerous conditions or the employer must adequately warn of those dangers. It also means the employer must adequately train its employees. Adequate training requires both preparing the employees to do their job safely and also training employees to avoid injuring their coworkers. Employers must also provide employees with the necessary equipment to do their jobs safely.

Required safety equipment can include spill protection devices, adequate floor covering, respiratory protection, fire extinguishers, lifting and hauling equipment to assist in lifting heavy objects, and personal protective equipment.

If an employee is injured because an employer fails to provide this equipment or a safe workplace, the warehouse worker may have rights against the employer. This is especially true if the employer does not provide Texas Workers’ Compensation coverage. Employers who do not provide Workers’ Compensation coverage are considered “nonsubscribers” under the law.  Cases against nonsubscribers are unique in Texas. Our law firm has devoted substantial time and resources to handling cases for employees injured while working for a nonsubscriber.

How a Workplace Injury Lawyer Can Help in Texas?

Here to help injured workers determine if their employer is a subscriber to Texas Workers’ Compensation

Anyone who has been injured while working at a warehouse should call our firm to learn whether their employer maintains proper Workers’ Compensation coverage. We can quickly check whether your employer has Workers’ Compensation or if you are entitled to recover for your injuries.