The development of machines have had an undoubtedly beneficial effect on the effectiveness and performance of factories. Unfortunately, they can also lead to a number of serious accidents at work.
Despite being around for hundreds of years and the numerous and regularly updated health and safety procedures brought in for worker’s protection, malfunctioning machines can still ruin lives.
A history of factory accidents
The manufacturing method colloquially known as the factory system first came into place in the UK during the 1750’s as part of the Industrial Revolution.
Essentially, it meant that, where once products had been made individually by craftsmen high in skill, the majority of the work was now done by labourers operating mechanised machinery.
While the unique flavour of whatever was made may have been lost, production costs were significantly lowered due to the comparative lack of manpower required to do the work.Open Claim Calculator
It was the widespread electrification of factories in the early 20th century that saw the significant development of safety rules and regulations in order to avoid and minimise the impact of factory accidents.
Common causes of factory accidents
Where a machine has an advantage in terms of production rates, reliability and not suffering fatigue, it can also cause severe work injuries through malfunctions.
Put simply, there is no instinct or sense within a machine to turn off and stop doing something if it is going wrong. It will simply continue trying to perform the task until programmed to stop or switched off. In an environment as technologically advanced as a factory, these work accidents can be expensive and hugely damaging.
Further problems and work-related injuries can be caused by liquid spills, particularly those around electrical equipment. Industrial spillages at work can cause serious slips, trips and falls while the corrosive chemicals often present can cause significant damage to both products and machinery.
Of course, the potentially lethal combination of liquids and electrical tools also poses a very real fire risk.
Avoiding factory accidents
To avoid a work accident injury it is therefore vitally important that all machines are installed by professionals and undergo rigorous safety tests before being used.
Mechanised equipment should also be regularly checked and inspected, maintained thoroughly and repaired immediately should any problems arise.
Staff members injured by a malfunctioning machine may well be due some work accident compensation if management had neglected to check the safety status of the tool.