As industries go, manufacturing is riskier than most. Even though only 10% of the employed population of Britain works in factories, figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that they accounted for 16% of all reported serious injuries caused through accidents at work over the course of the year. Even more alarmingly, 25% of fatal work accidents occur in factories.
The nature of factory work underwent significant changes in the early part of the 20th century with widespread electrification of factories and increasingly innovative mass production techniques. Consumers today owe much to Henry Ford and his vision of mass-produced, affordable goods. These days, stringent and comprehensive health and safety measures are in place to protect both staff and products. Unfortunately, factory accidents do still happen.
Common factory-based accidents
Most work accidents in the factory are caused by malfunctioning machinery. Computerised technology has improved many things, but they have no human instinct to stop if something is going wrong. Exhaustive testing should be done regularly on all factory machinery to ensure it is in good working order.
Other injuries at work are simply caused by employees tripping and falling. A clean and tidy production floor is an essential part of a safe working environment.
Few machines in the factory have the potential to cause damage quite like a forklift truck. When you consider the loads they are often shifting, the sharp prongs and their size, it’s logical that the threat of a serious accident at work is a constant presence.
Most forklifts take around 22 feet to come to a complete standstill when travelling at 10 mph. Most floors have speed limits lower than this, typically 5mph, but the stopping time and distance is still significant enough to cause substantial damage.
Potential claims in the image
It’s hard to tell exactly what has happened in the image above. Whether a breakdown in communications or misjudgement has caused the accident is unclear, but it could have been a lot worse.
The key part to an accident at work compensation claim is proving that the accident was a consequence of negligence by someone else. There is clearly a case to answer in the above picture, whether the driver was given false information or the platform was moved without warning.
Fortunately, it looks as though no serious injuries occurred, or there could have been a work accident claim.
Date Published: November 15, 2013
Author: David Brown