Factories are notoriously dangerous places but there are many measures that can reduce the risk of accidents at work and help to prevent incidents and injuries at factories.
Common types of accidents at work in factories
Factories are among the most hazardous workplaces, due to the presence of heavy machinery and industrial equipment and potentially dangerous chemicals. There is also a risk of slips, trips and falls on uneven surfaces or slippery floors, falling from a height and being injured by an object falling from shelving or storage units.
The most common types of accident that occur in a factory include slipping on wet surfaces, objects falling from height and incidents, which occur when operating machinery. Examples of injuries include broken bones, chemical burns, back pain and injuries caused by heavy lifting and bruising caused by slips and trips.
Tips for keeping safe in a factory
- Always follow guidelines when using heavy machinery
Machinery in factories can be very dangerous so it is important to follow instructions to prevent accidents and minimise the risk of injuries. All employees should have the relevant training before using industrial machinery.
- Adopt the correct technique when lifting
Lifting is a common cause of back pain and muscular aches and it is important to ensure that your body is in the right position when you lift, especially if you are moving heavy objects. Keep your back straight, bend your knees and use machinery to help you if you are struggling.
- Watch out for spillages and uneven surfaces
Spillages and wet floors are the most common cause of slips, trips and falls in the workplace, so be vigilant.
- Read safety labels
If you are handling chemicals, ensure that you read the labels carefully to prevent chemical spillages and burns. Chemicals should also be stored very carefully.
- Keep walkways and corridors clear
Obstacles are a major cause of trips so ensure that passageways are kept clear. Avoid throwing empty boxes down on the ground when they are finished with, take care on the stairs and pay attention when moving things from shelves that are high up.
If you’ve had an accident at work and you were injured through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim work accident compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has experience in handling industrial injury compensation claims, industrial deafness claims and work injury claims.
Date Published: November 4, 2013
Author: David Brown