Factories can be intriguing places in which to work. Much of the vast, complex machinery represent the cutting edge of technological development while the satisfaction of seeing an idea come to life and roll off the production line as a finished product must be enormous.
However, as rewarding as it may be, statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show that working in a factory can also be considerably dangerous. Of all injuries at work reported over the course of a year, factory accidents account for an average of 16% of these accidents at work. Even more worryingly, 25% of workplace fatalities occur in factories.
It is clear, then, that health and safety at work is of paramount importance to keep factory accidents down to an absolute minimum. Few other working environments boast such a wide range of tools and machinery, and therefore potential hazards.
Potential for Factory Accidents
The first area to consider when looking to avoid accidents at work is the floor itself. It should be a non-slip surface to help prevent the slips, trips and falls that can cause havoc and serious workplace injuries. Ideally, you’d also want it to be non-absorbent so that any spillages can be cleaned up quickly and easily.
Numerous injuries at work in the factory are caused by heavy lifting and manual handling with incorrect technique. Wherever possible, the need to lift heavy objects should be minimised and never, ever attempted alone.
The right staff need to be given the relevant training with regards to manual handling to limit work injury claims.
Machines and tools
Though they may be technologically impressive, the mechanized tools that cover the production floor are only as safe and competent as their operators. A machine will not turn itself off which can create chaos and serious factory accidents when they go wrong.
Regular maintenance and inspections need to be carried out in order to ensure the equipment is in good condition and safe to use.
The problem here is two-fold. Firstly, there’s the obvious concern of chemical contact with skin or in eyes etc.
Secondly, inhalation of fumes can cause significant health problems, especially in later life. Both short and long term workplace injuries should be guarded against with the corrective protective equipment.
If you suffer a factory accident due to negligence, you may well be due some work accident compensation.
Date Published: October 28, 2013
Author: David Brown