Other than building sites, factories are perhaps the most dangerous working environments you’ll find. For this reason, it’s of the utmost importance that the correct health and safety procedures are implemented and adhered to at all times.
Health and safety procedures in a factory
According to the Health and Safety Executive, the health and safety procedure in a factory begins with a comprehensive risk assessment. This is where a manager or safety representative will walk around a factory environment, slowly and carefully taking note of even the tiniest possible dangers in the environment.
After each potential hazard has been taken into account, they will then write down exactly what is being done to manage these hazards and what should be done, taking into account the HSE’s guidelines. Afterwards, this hazard management plan should be put into place and pinned up on noticeboards around the factory so that everyone knows exactly what needs to be done to keep everyone safe.
Most common injuries sustained by factory workers
Depending on their environment and role, factory workers are vulnerable to a number of dangers from injuries caused by malfunctioning machinery to blows from heavy falling objects and chemical burns caused by spillages. Over the long term, factory workers are also particularly vulnerable to chronic injury such as back stain, industrial deafness caused by constant loud noise, occupational dermatitis, asthma, and asbestos-related disease. Some of these injuries are both extremely debilitating and incurable.
If you think you have been injured at work through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. If you’d like to find out more about personal injury compensation and employer negligence, call our advisers at Accident Advice Helpline today. They’re fully trained in dealing with injuries sustained by factory workers, and they’ll be able to give you professional guidance as to whether or not your claim is likely to be successful.
Our claims are conducted on a no win, no fee basis, and we’re proud to have the support of TV personality and consumer champion Esther Rantzen, who has served on the UK National Consumer Council and Health Education Authority for many years. Esther fully believes, as we do, that no worker should ever be put in danger through their employer’s negligence.
Date Published: November 22, 2013
Author: David Brown