Factory jobs come with risks. Often, there are many moving parts, and the environment can be chaotic. According to data available from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we can see that there were more than 5,300 total workplace fatalities during the latest reporting year across the country. Here, we want to discuss some of the most common types of accidents that cause injuries at factory jobs in Colorado and throughout the US. It is crucial for any person who sustains an injury or illness on the job to work with an attorney to recover the compensation they are entitled to.
Equipment and machines are a hallmark of factory work. It does not matter what type of factory we’re discussing, there will inevitably be various types of equipment and machines that workers have to use. Unfortunately, many of these machines are larger or particularly dangerous, and they can lead to significant injuries if not used properly. Additionally, there are times when proper safety guards are not used with machines and equipment, and there are also issues with ensuring that all machines and equipment undergo regular inspection and maintenance to ensure safety.
Poor maintenance at facilities extends beyond equipment and machinery. It is crucial for an entire facility, including the building and grounds, to be regularly inspected and maintained by a qualified individual. Anytime a worker has to operate in an unsafe environment that is not regularly inspected and maintained, this increases the chance of injuries.
Slip and fall incidents can occur in any type of workplace, but they are much more likely to occur in facilities where there are many moving parts and in larger areas. Slip and fall incidents can occur as a result of spills that are not promptly cleaned, unstable flooring, wobbly stairs, loose concrete, and more. Slip and fall incidents may not seem severe, but they can lead to significant setbacks for workers.
Anytime a worker is fatigued, this decreases their ability to make sound decisions and slows their reaction times. It is crucial for factory supervisors and owners to allow employees to have rest. Under no circumstances should an employee operate heavy equipment or machinery while fatigued.
One of the most common causes of back injuries is unsafe lifting. Most factory work requires employees to regularly lift objects and move them from place to place. Not only should factory supervisors and owners instruct employees about how to properly lift heavier objects, but they should also provide them with equipment to assist them with the lifting.
Most factories use chemicals of some sort. In some cases, these chemicals are used as a part of the everyday operation at the factory, perhaps to make some sort of cleaners or other compounds. It is crucial for factory owners and supervisors to adequately instruct and train employees about how to use every chemical in the facility.
Most factory settings have equipment or supplies on higher levels or higher shelves. All of this should be adequately secured in place to prevent it from falling onto any workers on lower levels. Falling objects of varying weights can lead to a range of injuries.
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