Back in 1908, when Henry Ford’s vision of an affordable car, mass-produced throughout the United States became a world-changing reality, he could scarcely have imagined the impact his ingenuity would have on the world and the changes it would inspire. Unfortunately, the modern manufacturing industry is also home to a number of work accidents, and workplace injuries as well as innovative machinery
Putting work accidents into perspective
Given the sheer volume and complexity of the machinery involved in the production process, it’s perhaps unsurprising to learn that, although factory workers account for only 10 per cent of Britain’s employed population, figures from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that they make up around 16 per cent of reported injuries at work over the course of the year. A number of these work accidents are caused by machinery, which have a long history with the industry.
The early 1900s – It all begins
While the first industrial revolution and in particular the development of railways, made Britain a more connected place and created a market for production, it wasn’t until the second Industrial Revolution in the beginning of the 20th Century that industry really took off.
Widespread electrification of factories saw the speed of production rapidly increase as the mass-production techniques pioneered by the aforementioned American were harnessed by factory bosses.
With these significant changes came increasingly comprehensive health and safety regulations to keep employees safe and to guard against work accidents and injuries in the factory.
The modern day – rise of the machines
The modern day factory floor is a wonder to behold. Many of the machines used in production are at the very cutting edge of technological development and advancement. Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve the efficiency, quality and speed of their production.
However, machines are all well and good but they have one major flaw – they are utterly dependent on the input of humans in order to operate correctly and safely. If a machine starts to go wrong, it has no instinct to stop until it is programmed to do so.
To this end, all tools in the factory need to be installed by professionals and regularly inspected and maintained. Negligence can lead to serious accidents at work and an injury compensation claim may well follow if malfunctioning machinery is to blame. Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
For all their advantages, mechanised tools need to be closely monitored in order to stay safe.
Date Published: October 26, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Machinery accident claims