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    The most common factory accidents

    The most common factory accidents

    Factories can be a hazardous place with regular and often serious factory accidents occurring. Widespread electrification of factories and mass-production of their products began in earnest in the early part of the 20th century. Since then, comprehensive and regularly updated health and safety regulations have been in place to try and prevent employee’s getting injured at work. Unfortunately, accidents do still happen. Here are some of the most common:

    Slips, trips and falls as factory accidents

    An awkward stumble here, a heart-stopping slip there. Factory floors and surfaces can be hazardous and potentially extremely dangerous. Industrial spillages at work can cause all manner of problems. The significant presence of chemicals, solvents, and other liquids means a spill is never far away unless great care is taken.

    Heavy lifting and manual handling

    Another common cause of work-related injury in factory accidents is the difficulty that can be encountered when lifting or moving sizeable objects. The consequent problems can range from minor tweaks and niggles to serious, painful injuries and, in the worst case scenario, permanent disability.

    Employers have an obligation to ensure that all relevant staff receive up-to-date manual handling training and that all heavy lifting is minimised as far as is practicable. Injuries caused by heavy lifting and over the top manual handling can lead to significant payouts in terms of factory accidents compensation.


    As mentioned, the arrival of mechanised tools has greatly increased the level and speed of production in factories. Overall, they have undoubtedly been a positive thing. However, they can also cause significant accidents at work when they go wrong.

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    Technological equipment, advanced though it may be, has no idea if something has gone wrong and will continue trying to perform the task until programmed to stop. There is no instinct or thought process which means problems can quickly escalate.

    A work accident claim could well be in order if the equipment has been incorrectly installed or poorly maintained and this negligence leads to a factory accident and subsequent injury.

    Hazardous chemicals and substances

    As well as creating slippery surfaces, some products present in factories can cause physical damage and injuries themselves. From poisonous vapours to skin irritations from contact; important and substantial safety procedures and equipment need to be provided for employees to ensure their protection.

    A successful claim for compensation after an accident at work centres around establishing blame, and negligence from employers can prove to be extremely costly.

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