Manufacturing accounts for around 10 per cent of the British workforce and the UK has a rich industrial history and a reputation for innovation and producing high quality goods. Although working in manufacturing has many benefits, factories by nature can be dangerous places and statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show that 3.7 million working days were lost in the manufacturing industry due to accidents at work and ill health in 2013/2014.
Types of accidents that occur in a factory environment
Factories are packed with machinery, tools and equipment, moving vehicles and people and this means that hazards lurk around every corner. The most common types of factory accident include:
- accidents involving moving vehicles
- falling from height
- being struck by falling objects
- accidents and injuries caused by moving machinery
- slips, trips and falls
- cancer related to exposure to chemicals
- hearing loss
How can accidents be prevented in factory environments?
Every UK employer has a responsibility to comply with health and safety guidelines to protect their workforce and lower the risk of work accidents and workplace injuries. Factory owners and supervisors are advised to:
- carry out regular risk assessment
- ensure that all machinery is checked on a regular basis and meets the required safety standards
- ensure that all staff members receive the relevant training, including moving and handling and operating machinery safely
- provide protective equipment, such as gloves, ear defenders and helmets
- ensure that flooring is in good condition and pacing warning signs to alter workers to hidden steps or spillages
- respond to risks promptly and record details of any accidents that occur in the workplace
Making a claim
If you would like to claim work accident compensation or you are not sure whether you have a viable claim for work-related injuries, call Accident Advice helpline to discuss your case with a trained personal injury lawyer. Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 and is endorsed by TV consumer rights champion, Dame Esther Rantzen. Our team of lawyers has experience in handling road traffic accident claims, work accident claims and public liability compensation and they can help you to get the compensation you deserve provided that the incident occurred within the last 3 years and you have evidence to prove that you were not to blame. Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice