In a factory environment, employers and staff need to be aware of health and safety regulations and the importance of these procedures more than in a number of other industries because of the increased likelihood of an accident at work.
Answering the following questions can go some way to establishing whether or not your factory is doing everything possible to avoid work injuries.
Do we have all the right equipment for avoiding a work accident?
One of the most common causes of accidents in factories is falling debris and tools. Hard hats are an absolute necessity on the production floor. Of course, you hope they’ll never be needed but they can drastically reduce the impact of a work accident and subsequent work-related injuries.
Another common cause of factory accidents is damage from hazardous substances. Dangerous chemicals are a common presence and employees need to be provided with the correct protective equipment, including goggles, gloves and specialist suits.
Furthermore, floors should be made from non-slip materials to avoid accidental slips. These surfaces also make it easier to see whether an accidental spillage at work as been fully cleaned up and cleared away.
Are the machines all safe to use?
Many of the mechanised tools spread over the production floor represent the cutting edge of technological development. They are only beneficial, however, if they are properly installed and maintained, otherwise serious and expensive work accidents can follow.
Rigorous tests should be performed before any electrical equipment is used and from installation they should be inspected regularly and thoroughly. Any problems discovered should see the machine immediately declared out of order and not used again until fixed by an expert. The fallout of shortcuts and risks can be hugely damaging on both a cost and human scale.
Are all staff members sufficiently trained?
Part of working in a factory may involve significant amounts of manual handling, another common cause of injuries at work. The relevant staff should be given comprehensive training in manual handling which should be refreshed and updated as often as necessary.
The need for heavy lifting should be minimised as far as possible and is something staff should never attempt to perform on their own.
These are just some of the steps necessary to limit the severity, impact and consequences of accidents at work. Injuries caused by negligence could see successful work accident claims and significant work injury compensation paid out to injured employees.
Date Published: November 1, 2013
Author: David Brown