Because of the complex machinery involved in much of the production process, and the sheer volume of tools and gadgets present in the workplace, accidents in factories are amongst the most numerous of any industry.
Manufacturing accounts for only around 10% of the British workforce but was responsible for 25% and 16% respectively of reported fatalities and reported serious injuries through workplace accidents in 2011/2012.
The method of working in a factory changed immeasurably in the first decade of the 20th century. It was here that the electrification of factories became commonplace while the ingenuity of Henry Ford and his innovative techniques for mass production further quickened the development of the machine-based, busy production floors we see today.
Common factory-based accidents
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the range and number of tools and materials that go into production, a large number of work accidents in the factory are caused by slips, trips and falls. A loose wire here, a misplaced tool there, all can have serious consequences for employees and the products themselves should someone trip over them.
Factory owners also have to be careful when it comes to heavy lifting by their workers to avoid accident at work claims. Employees should never be asked nor expected to strain themselves when lifting and should be given manual handling training if lifting makes up part of their job role. Other training in terms of health and safety at work should also be given.
One almost constant presence in a factory is the forklift truck. A fantastically beneficial tool when used properly, they can cause untold damage when misused. Admittedly, accidents at work with forklifts usually involve crashing or the sharp prongs rather than the blatant disregard for basic health and safety shown above, but they are dangerous machines nonetheless.
A speed of 10 mph might not sound much, but the average forklift takes around 22 feet to get from here to a complete stop, by which time it is often far too late.
Potential claims in the image
It seems scarcely believable that anyone but the men themselves ordered the work above to be done in the way that is being shown but if they did, it’s a work accident claim waiting to happen.
There is blatant negligence for safety being shown and, if ordered from above, then the chance of a successful claim following injury is high.
Date Published: November 15, 2013
Author: David Brown