Accidents at work in the factory can be hugely damaging on both a personal and professional level. As well as causing significant physical pain and injury, or even worse, death, the costs of a serious factory accident can be astronomical. Therefore forethought in accident prevention is essential in order to minimise the risks.
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive back up the idea that safety in the factory is of paramount importance. Though only 10% of Britain’s employed population work in factories, they account for an average of 16% of all recorded workplace injuries over the course of a year.
Perhaps this is due to the sheer range and number of potential threats. Many facets and important procedures culminate in an attempt at accident prevention and so minimising the potential of an accident at work. Here are some of the most important areas to consider.
Enormously beneficial in terms of production speed, the advanced equipment can be a nightmare in health and safety terms. The machines themselves are often extremely costly, increasing the severity of the consequences of work machine accidents.
It is therefore essential, as a part of accident prevention, that all mechanised tools are installed by experts and rigorously tested before being introduced as part of the workplace. From here, they require regular maintenance and routine inspections to ensure that they are still in good working order.
Floors should be made from non-slip materials. Workplace trips, slips and falls account for a large number of reported workplace injuries and are eminently avoidable. In addition, surfaces should be non-absorbent to prevent corrosive liquids being absorbed into the carpet. This also makes it easier to tell when everything has been cleaned up.
Industrial spillages at work should be clearly marked and signed to avoid accidents and cleaned up as soon as possible.
Accident prevention with regards to Corrosive and hazardous substances
While liquids like oil and grease pose hazards in terms of slipping, other chemicals present in factories can cause altogether more complicated workplace injuries. Dangerous chemicals should be clearly labelled, stored securely and handled with extreme care.
As well as the immediate consequences of accidents at work, chemicals can also cause serious health problems later in life, particularly through regular inhalation.
Protective equipment and training
Employers must provide their staff with all the protective equipment required in order to do their job safely. For example, protective suits, goggles, gloves and hats may well be needed to handle certain substances.
Furthermore, employees need to be thoroughly trained in areas such as manual handling to avoid serious accidents at work occurring.
Date Published: October 31, 2013
Author: David Brown