As a factory worker, you are in significantly more danger of suffering an accident at work than most other industries. This is a statement backed up by statistics from the Health and Safety Executive which show that factory environments account for 16% of all recorded workplace injuries over the course of a year.
This is despite the fact that factory staff account for only 10% of the British workforce. Ask yourself the following questions to establish whether your factory is doing everything it should to prevent injuries at work.
Do I have all the right safety equipment?
Hazardous substances and dangerous chemicals are a significant presence in a number of factories. Employers must provide the relevant workers with sufficient protective clothing and equipment to ensure their safety. This not only includes hard hats, but also things like safety goggles, gloves and specialists suits.
Have I had the right training to prevent an accident at work?
A number of factory roles include elements of manual handling and heavy lifting, which are amongst the biggest causes of injuries at work.
All staff required to perform manual handling as part of their job should not do so until they have had sufficient training. The need for heavy lifting should be minimised wherever possible and never attempted alone.
Are my tools safe and fit for purpose?
Ever since the electrification of factories in the early part of the 20th Century, mechanised tools have become commonplace. To avoid accidents at work and ensure the safety of workers, they should be installed and registered as safe to use by professionals.
From this moment, they need to be thoroughly inspected on a regular basis and clearly labelled as out of order the moment any problems arise. Machines have no understanding of turning themselves off unless programmed to do so consequently they can cause serious work accidents.
Is my working environment safe?
The production floor of a safe factory should be made from non-slip materials. This is for two main reasons. The first one is, obviously, that it minimises the chances of work injuries caused by slips and falls, while secondly it’s also easier to see on these surfaces when a spillage has been successfully cleared away.
What if my factory isn’t safe?
If you suffer an accident at work as a result of negligence, then you may well be due some work injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is available 24/7 on a free phone service to help with your case.
Date Published: October 31, 2013
Author: David Brown