In the factory, the threat of an accident at work looms significantly larger than in a number of other industries. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that, tragically, an average of 25 per cent of workplace fatalities that occur over the course of a year do so in factories.
While the loss of a life is undoubtedly the most tragic consequence of any accident, incidents in a factory can also cause severe workplace injuries and cost a small fortune in damage to both products and equipment.
Machines were first introduced into factories in the United Kingdom in the 1750s as part of the Industrial Revolution. Until then, products had been handmade by highly skilled craftsmen.
The arrival of mechanisation, typically powered by steam and water, shifted the emphasis of the workload onto machines operated by labourers.
Health and safety, and the prevention of accidents at work, became an increasingly significant factor following the second Industrial Revolution in the early part of the 20th Century. Electrical equipment became commonplace in factories up and down the country.
With these technological developments came an increased need to protect both employees and machines from damage caused by accidents at work.
These days, a number of stringent health and safety measures are in place to both prevent accidents at work altogether and minimise their impact when they do occur. These protective measures include:
– Protective equipment, such as specialist suits, masks, goggles and gloves, for dealing with hazardous substances.
– Factory floors being made from non-slip materials to prevent slips, trips and falls. It’s also easier to see whether spillages have been cleared on these surfaces.
– Training in facets of the job such as manual handling and heavy lifting for relevant staff
– Mechanised tools are installed by professionals.
– Electrical equipment is regularly inspected and any defects dealt with immediately.
Pursue work accident compensation
Employees who suffer an injury at work could well be eligible for work accident compensation.
If the injury or accident occurred as a result of negligence by someone else they may well have an accident at work claim to make.
Injuries suffered at work can be hugely damaging, not only physically but also in terms of mental well-being.
A serious work accident can lead to a loss of confidence and all manner of other complications. It’s vitally important to remember, then, that expert advice is on hand to help.
Date Published: October 31, 2013
Author: David Brown