The manufacturing industry is one that utilizes various equipment and machines to get the jobs done. There are many different hazards that come with this type of work. It’s up to employers to keep the workers safe.
Some ways that employers can keep employees safe include ensuring they’re properly trained and have the right equipment to get the job done safely. Understanding some of the more common injuries and accidents may help to prevent some injuries from occurring.
Crushing injuries, cuts and bruises
Crushing injuries, cuts and bruises can all occur because of the moving equipment in a factory. In extreme cases, this might lead to an amputated limb. To prevent these, there should be clear markings about moving parts that warn people to stay away from those spaces. Loose clothing shouldn’t be allowed in those areas.
Exposure to chemicals
Chemicals are prevalent in manufacturing plants. Personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles and similar items can help to prevent workers from coming into contact with these. There should also be a materials safety data sheet readily available so workers can learn about proper handling and what to do if they come into direct contact with the substance.
Any worker who suffers an injury while they’re at work in a manufacturing plant will need medical care. Workers’ compensation should cover the costs associated with that care, as well as other expenses that are related to the injury. Most workers get the exact benefits they’re due without any issues. Others may have to appeal a decision that doesn’t include everything they should receive. These cases can be rather complicated, so working with someone who knows this area of the law can help.