Given the volume of highly technical and complex machinery that surround the production line, it’s little surprise that accidents in factories are more commonplace than in other, simpler workplaces. After all, computers and machinery do not have the human instincts to stop if something is going wrong, they simply follow instructions.
Like many industries, factories benefited and changed enormously from the Industrial Revolution. The early years of the 20th century saw the electrification of factories on a vast scale, thanks in no small part to the development of the AC motor. The innovative Henry Ford moved things on further with the introduction of mass production. Modern factories have stringent health and safety policies and procedures in place for the protection of both employees and the products. Unfortunately, factory accidents do still happen.
Common factory-based accidents
A huge number of accidents at work in factories are caused by simply tripping or falling. The production floor is often a crowded place and one slip can have disastrous consequences. It is vitally important, therefore, that floors and surfaces are kept clear of clutter and unnecessary items.
Workplace accident claims can also arise from lifting heavy objects, particularly if done so incorrectly. All employees who need to perform such tasks ought to have undergone manual handling training and should never attempt to lift heavy objects alone.
When it comes to heavy lifting, many workers choose to use a forklift truck. Used correctly, they are enormously beneficial. Used without due care and attention, however, they can cause a serious work accident. The obvious dangers of speed and prongs aside, they also tempt workers to bite off more than they can chew.
Potential claims in the image
The image above is an all too common occurrence in factories. Quite simply, the workers have attempted to lift too great a weight and the forklift has toppled forwards. If we assume that the man pictured is the driver, then he has had a lucky escape.
A key part of the work accident compensation process is establishing blame. If the man is operating under instruction, his superiors are at fault.
The driver has a strong work accident claim if he was injured as a result of negligence, i.e. overestimating, or even not thinking about, how much the forklift could carry, on behalf of his employees.
Date Published: November 15, 2013
Author: David Brown