Health and Safety Executive statistics reveal that factories are one of the most dangerous places in which to earn your money, given the number of accidents at work that occur.
Though only 10 per cent of Britain’s workforce is employed in factories, they make up an average of 16 per cent of all workplace injuries reported over the course of a year.
Given these statistics, it’s easy to see why factories have such stringent health and safety measures in place to prevent factory accident claims and protect their employee’s health and well-being.
Ever since the widespread electrification of factories in the early 20th century, safety rules have become increasingly comprehensive.
How a Factory Accident may occur
So then, where in your factory are workplace accidents likely to occur? The following areas, in particular, need to be kept a close eye on.
All production floors in a factory should be made of non-slip material to prevent the potentially serious injuries suffered from accidental slips and falls. For the same reason, workers should wear well-gripped shoes.
Any spills should be cleared up as soon as possible and clearly sign posted until then. Given the variety and content of many liquids around the factory workplace, industrial spillages at work can have serious and expensive consequences.
Fantastic for production rates, hazardous for health. The highly technological machines present on the production floor are only beneficial provided they are working well, otherwise they can cause a serious factory accident.
They should be installed by professionals and regularly inspected and maintained otherwise some work accident compensation may well be due.
These can be problematic both in the immediate and in the long term. Inhalation of toxic fumes can cause significant health problems in later life while chemical contact with skin or eyes can make for a substantial work injury.
Employers have to ensure that all members of staff who require it are provided with effective safety equipment, such as suits, goggles and gloves, when working with dangerous chemicals.
The consequences of an injury caused by heavy lifting can range from minor tweaks and strains to severe tears, broken bones and, worst of all, permanent disability.
It’s a training issue and management need to ensure that the relevant staff have had the relevant training in order to stay safe.
These are just some of the areas that need close attention to minimise the likelihood and severity of a factory accident.
Date Published: October 28, 2013
Author: David Brown