Working in a factory can be a hazardous environment, and it’s important that both employees and employers take steps to stay protected when working with dangerous machinery. Here are some of the most common accidents which can occur when working in factories:
- Manual handling accidents – employers should always provide training to employees when it comes to manual handling, and equipment should be provided to limit heavy lifting. Injuries can occur to the neck, shoulder, and back as well as arm or foot injuries from dropping heavy items
- Machinery accidents – employees should be fully trained in how to operate machinery safely. Machinery should be well-maintained and regularly inspected. Unguarded machinery is a common cause of workplace accidents and lacerations, burns and even amputation can occur.
- Slips, trips and falls – these are very common in food factories and usually occur due to water, oil or other liquids on the floor, but can also be caused by hazards in walkways or loose flooring.
- Forklift truck accidents – Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and specialist training should always be provided for those operating a forklift truck, and trucks should be well-maintained. Crushing or impact accidents can occur leading to broken bones or even fatalities
- Industrial diseases – this is a common occurrence in factories and warehouses, depending on what type of environment you work in. Chemicals, dust and fumes can cause illness or conditions such as occupational dermatitis, asthma, industrial deafness or hand arm vibration syndrome.
Preventing factory accidents
It’s the responsibility of the employer to ensure that employees are protected against accidents whilst working in a factory, and to provide staff with the appropriate training to ensure accidents are prevented. Your employer should also provide first aid equipment and record all accidents and injuries, no matter how minor, in an accident book. If you feel your employer has been negligent, you could claim for compensation.
How we can help
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Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown