Accidents at work do occur regardless of the industry. Due to the nature of the work involved in the industrial workplace, however, accidents can be severe and even fatal, causing a high number of deaths and work-related injuries that require significant periods of time off work.
Industrial workplace accidents
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), over 25,000 individuals are injured each year due to industrial accidents in the workplace. Being attentive to the kind of incidents that arise will ensure that employers are able to minimise hazards and employees can reduce the risk they pose to themselves while working.
- Slips, trips and falls at work can cause bruising, broken bones, and more severe head injuries. To ensure these are minimised, employers should keep walkways unobstructed, clean, and maintained.
- Many industrial workers are required to perform repetitive tasks; this can lead to injuries caused by overexertion. Back injuries from lifting heavy objects are also common within this sector.
- The working environment within the industrial sector is typically brimming with hazards due to the nature of tasks performed. This includes temperature, electrics, and harmful substances. Employers should ensure that workers wear correct attire and receive adequate training before working in hazardous conditions and with dangerous elements.
- According to the HSE, accidents involving machinery and vehicles – such as forklifts – are predominant within the industrial workplace. Providing clear instruction on how to operate machinery and vehicles is imperative, including training, while signage should be clear and concise in areas where this equipment is used, for the benefit of all workers.
- Falling objects also cause many injuries in the industrial sector. Considering the type of objects stored and stocked in this industry, falling objects can cause severe injury to all parts of the body, but are of a particular worry when striking the head.
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Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown