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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    The Real Cost of Accidents in Factories


    Given the size and highly technical status of a number of mechanised tools that are dotted around most factories, it’s of little surprise to learn that accidents in factories can prove to be extremely expensive.

    Much of the machinery present on the production floor lies right at the forefront of technological development.

    The cutting edge techniques used to hone mass production and perfect the manufacturing process are often extremely intricate and accidents at work can cause huge volumes of expensive damage.

    The real cost, however, is human. And it’s in this regard that the statistics for work accidents in factories make for alarming reading.

    According to the Health and Safety Executive, 16% of all reported injuries sustained at work over the course of a year occur in factories. Even more worryingly, 25% of work fatalities come from the manufacturing industry.

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    These facts and figures make for harrowing reading just on their own, but when you consider that factory workers only make up 10% of the employed population of Britain, they take on an even graver meaning.

    It is clear, therefore, that the prevention of workplace injuries and accidents in the factory should be the top priority for all organisations and employees. The following areas are absolutely essential to the safe running of a factory:

    Machines

    The mechanised tools present on the production floor all need to have been installed by an expert and thoroughly checked and tested before being declared fit for purpose.

    Following installation, the machines should undergo regular inspection.

    Hazardous substances

    Take a look around any factory and the chances are you’ll see any number of corrosive chemicals and dangerous liquids. As well as being clearly labelled, employers are obliged to ensure all employees have the necessary protective equipment to perform their duties safely.

    When handling chemicals, for example, goggles, gloves and even specialist suits may be required to prevent serious and damaging accidents at work.

    Workplace injuries are not always immediate either, inhalation can cause significant problems in later life.

    Training

    Though modern factory work may require less natural skill than the early days when products were hand-crafted, operating the complex machinery requires great concentration and effort.

    Anyone whose job entails lifting and manual handling has to be fully trained before they begin, otherwise work accident compensation may be due.

    The cost of equipment damage from workplace accidents is pales in comparison to the impact a serious work injury can have.

    Date Published: October 31, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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