As industries go, the threat of work-related accidents and subsequent work injuries looms larger in factories than in the majority of other working environments.
Accidents at work in the factory – the statistics
Annual reports into health and safety at work by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal which industries are responsible for work accidents and tragic fatalities.
The latest figures show that almost one in every five instances of reported fatalities or injuries at work come from the manufacturing industry.
The HSE estimate that there were approximately 72,000 incidents of self-reported accidents at work in factories and the like over the course of the last financial year.
Avoiding factory injuries
One of the main reasons so many accidents occur in and around the workplace at a factory is the number and variety of potential threats to safety at work.
From malfunctioning work products to harmful substances and chemicals, the spectre of a work accident is never far away.
One of the main causes of injuries in the factory is employees both loading and emptying vehicles in the workplace. Accidents can strike even the most careful and diligent of workers and when it comes to manual lifting the consequences can be extremely serious.
Factory accidents – the perils of loading and unloading
Employees working with vehicles in a factory can suffer accidents at work in a number of ways, including:
– Muscle strains from repeatedly lifting heavy loads
– Bruises and broken bones from dropping items or falling over under the weight
Causes of such injuries can typically include:
– The size and weight of the workload. Large items are troublesome to handle, even if they are light.
– Miscommunication between colleagues leading to an error in the handling process.
– A malfunction or mistake with the vehicle leading to sudden, unexpected movement.
Staying safe with vehicles in the factory
Employers have a legal obligation to ensure that all employees involved with manual handling receive relevant, up to date training. All vehicles and mechanical tools used in the process also have to be the subjects of regular and vigorous inspections and testing.
Under no circumstances should a worker feel pressured into lifting a weight they are not comfortable with.
Accident Advice Helpline can offer practical guidance to anyone who may have suffered injuries at work with regards to a work accident claim.
They have over 13 years’ experience taking on, and winning, these types of cases.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 3, 2014
Author: David Brown