If you work in a factory, you’re probably working to tight deadlines and often it’s a highly pressured job. This means that it’s vital for staff to receive proper training in using equipment and workplace procedures, as there are a number of risks inherent to the role.
Staying safe at work in a factory
From dangerous machinery to hazardous waste, there are plenty of hazards in a factory environment which could cause injury. Here are a few tips for staying safe whilst working in a factory:
- Ensure that equipment is well maintained. It should be regularly checked and a log kept of when it was checked and by whom, with any problems reported immediately to management.
- Staff should be trained in manual handling and using equipment, particularly dangerous machinery.
- You should wear appropriate clothing – long hair should be tied up and dangly jewellery or scarves avoided when working with machinery, as there’s a risk these could become entangled in machines.
- Safety equipment should be used and/or worn, such as hard hats, gloves and shoes. Your employer should provide this for you free of charge if it is required.
- Clear signs should be displayed reminding staff to wear safety equipment and warning of hazards.
- Always dispose of hazardous waste such as glass or chemicals properly – training should be provided showing you best practice.
By following the above tips, you can reduce your risk of injury from a workplace accident. It’s also important to ensure that you have proper lighting available to carry out your role – if lighting is inadequate this could lead to accidents.
Accidents at work
Accidents can happen even in the safest of workplaces, and if you have been injured as result of somebody else’s negligence, claiming for compensation may be an option. Ring Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim for compensation. You can even use our 30-second test, available on our website, to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to.
A bit about Accident Advice Helpline
We’ve been helping people just like you who have been injured in factory accidents since 2000, so we’re experienced at what we do. Our team of specialist personal injury lawyers can offer you confidential advice, and our 100% no win, no fee service ensures you don’t have to pay a penny unless your claim is successful. What’s more, you know you can trust us as we’re accredited by Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard.
Date Published: December 22, 2013
Author: David Brown