Working in a factory can be dangerous. Injuries in this type of role vary from minor to severe and can include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Crush Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Back Injuries
- Hair and Clothing Tangles
Alongside these injuries factory workers can be exposed to various toxins and chemicals which have been known to harm your health. Symptoms of harmful exposure include:
- Skin reactions
- Lung damage
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependent on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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Factory workers regularly use numerous different machines that could potentially cause injuries. It is your employer’s duty to ensure that all employees using the machinery are fully trained and are licensed to use the equipment correctly and safely. Machines and equipment should also be checked regularly to ensure that they are maintaining the necessary health and safety standards, to minimise the risk of injury when using these machines. The most common injuries resulting from dangerous machinery are burns, lacerations and amputations.
Factory work often requires manual handling of components, which can be sharp, heavy and dangerous. Lifting and carrying heavy objects should be avoided as much as possible however sometimes it is necessary to handle these objects manually. If this is the case, all employees should be trained on how to lift heavy objects safely and effectively, in order to prevent any injuries. Failure of this training can make your employer liable for any injuries obtained whilst lifting or carrying heavy objects.
Using a forklift requires specialist training, due to the complications and dangers of forklifts. Appropriate personal protective equipment should also be provided, and failure to do so can put the blame of your forklift injuries on your employer, of which you can claim compensation for.
In all factories, and particularly in food processing factories, spillages are not uncommon, and they can cause slips trips and falls, which ca result in injuries. Cleaning systems should be practiced in all factories, and all floors should be regularly inspected, in order to reduce the risk of injuries.
Industrial diseases are always a risk when working in factories. Dust, fumes, and chemicals can all be present, and a high intake of these substances can lead to industrial diseases such as industrial deafness, occupational dermatitis, hand arm vibration syndrome, occupational asthma, and asbestos related illnesses, to name a few.