Factory workers provide a valuable service to this country by producing many of the goods everyone counts on. But, this is extremely dangerous work that requires proper mitigation by the employers.
While some people might try to claim that it’s up to the workers to ensure they’re safe at work, the onus is on the employers. Understanding a few of the more common hazards may help to make employees a bit safer while they work.
Moving equipment on the factory floor is one of the biggest hazards that these workers will encounter. All equipment must be in good working order. Safety gear is critical. Additionally, all equipment must be inspected to ensure it’s safe to use. Nobody should be allowed to use any equipment they haven’t been trained to use.
Hazards on the floors
Floors that are free of trip hazards and debris can help to keep workers safe. Regular cleaning can make this possible. Anything that must remain on the floors should be secured and clearly labeled. For example, a secured electrical cord cover should be over any power cords that must be placed on the floor.
The repetitive nature of factory work means that workers might end up with musculoskeletal injuries. Practicing safe lifting is one of the most effective ways to prevent this. The issue with these injuries is that they often seem minor, but they get progressively worse.
Any factory worker who suffers an injury at work needs to get medical care. Workers’ compensation should cover this expense, as well as specific other costs. It may be beneficial to have someone on your side to help ensure you receive the benefits you’re due.