Factories are dangerous and hazardous places in which to work. This statement is backed up by statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which show that accidents at work in factories account for 16% of all reported injuries at work over the course of a year.
Reasons for a potential factory accident
Ever since the first decade of the 20th century, when the widespread electrification and introduction of mass-production techniques brought factories to the forefront of industry, comprehensive health and safety measures have been in place to minimise any factory accident and accidental work injuries. Some of the key areas of safety include:
Liquids are an almost constant presence in the manufacturing workplace. So, therefore, is the threat of an industrial spillage at work and the resulting factory accident compensation claims if they are insufficiently dealt with. The floors in the relevant rooms should be made from non-slip materials while any spills should be clearly signed and sorted as soon as possible.
- Heavy lifting
Employers are obliged to minimise as far as is reasonably practicable the amount of heavy lifting employees have to do. All members of staff who need it should undergo relevant manual handling training before performing any such duties while substantial products and tools should never be lifted alone, even if you feel like you can. A huge number of injuries at work are caused by heavy lifting and, with consequences ranging from strains and sprains to broken bones and permanent disabilities, or even fatalities, it’s simply not worth the risk of a factory accident.
- Faulty machinery
Mechanised tools have undoubtedly benefited the industry hugely with vastly increased production speeds but it is vitally important that these machines are installed correctly, otherwise all the good work can be undone in one factory accident. As well as installation, the machines need to be maintained to ensure they are in good working order.
- Hazardous substances
These can be harmful to health in ways which are both physically visible or unseen until it’s too late. Corrosive liquids can burn the skin while the inhalation of some chemicals can cause problems in later life. Appropriate protective clothing should be provided or there’s a case for factory accident compensation.
- Hard hats
The value of these old favourites is never more evident than when they take the brunt of an impact, preventing a far more serious accident at work.
Date Published: October 28, 2013
Author: David Brown