Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that factories are one of the most dangerous environments in which to work in Britain.
Though only 10 per cent of Britain’s workforce are employed in a factory, they make up an average of 16 per cent of reported accidents at work over the course of a year.
Avoiding factory accidents
It’s clear then, that for workers to avoid a serious workplace injury and employers a work injury compensation claim, that health and safety in the factory is paramount. Here’s a quick guide to the essentials.
Clean up spillages
Cans, tins and bottles of various liquid substances are a constant presence in virtually every factory and hence can contribute to factory accidents. Things like oil and grease are often an essential necessity and therefore need to be easily available. This inevitably leads to the occasional and accidental spillage.
Industrial spillages at work can cause serious factory accidents and injuries, so any spills should be thoroughly cleaned up as soon as possible and clearly sign posted until then. Ideally, the floor surface should be made from non-slip material.
Take care when lifting
Another facet of factory employment that is often unavoidable is the need to move substantial packages. Employers should limit as much as possible the amount of heavy lifting and manual handling an employee has to do and those members of staff should be given suitable training.
Even if you think you are capable of lifting something, it’s always best to seek assistance to avoid a nasty injury at work. Some of the more serious factory accidents can result in permanent debilitation so heavy lifting should be avoided whenever possible.
Check the machines
Faulty machinery is a major source of factory-based work injuries. The mechanical tools are often complex, using cutting edge technology, and physically vast.
When they go wrong, the consequences tend to be serious. Work accident compensation claims often arise from the use of neglected machinery.
The machines should be installed professionally, maintained thoroughly and inspected regularly.
Wear the right equipment
As well as the traditional hard hats and protective gloves, goggles and face masks are also often required in the factory due to the presence of hazardous substances.
Work related injuries from these can include immediate physical damage such as burns or create long-term health problems due to inhalation.
This list is far from exhaustive and does not include the worst nightmare, a fire, but does show the importance of following safety guidelines in the factory.
Date Published: October 28, 2013
Author: David Brown