Working in a manufacturing or industrial setting can be a smart career choice. Factory workers generally make more per hour than those in service-based professions. Manufacturing companies often offer decent benefits packages that include paid time off and various types of insurance.
The workers at factories typically must accept a degree of risk related to their job responsibilities. People can get hurt in an instant, and their injuries might make it difficult for them to return to work. There are certain types of injuries that are more common than others in a factory setting. The following are the leading causes of lost-time incidents in the manufacturing sector.
Factory work is very physically demanding. Employees will be on their feet for eight hours a day or more. They may have to complete certain functions multiple times a minute with extreme precision. Those physical demands can lead to an immediate injury if someone lifts more than they should. Factory workers may also develop repetitive stress injuries from performing the same function every day for years. Such injuries may require a leave of absence or even a change of job responsibilities because continuing to perform the same tasks will worsen someone’s condition.
Slips, trips and falls
Many factory workers spend the majority of their time at a single station. Still, they will have to cross the factory floor occasionally. If someone spilled their coffee or dropped ball bearings on the floor, workers can easily end up slipping and falling. There may also potentially be tripping hazards. Workers who fall could break bones or hurt their brains. Falls can lead to an extended leave of absence or a change in what functions someone can perform.
Accidental contact with objects
A worker might drop a tool on their foot, causing lacerations. They might make a timing error and suffer a crushing injury in a piece of heavy machinery. Additionally, there are often forklifts and other devices moving throughout the factory. Accidental contact with the heavy equipment in an industrial setting can cause debilitating injuries.
Factory workers hurt on the job can often qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. They can receive disability pay while they are unable to work. Workers’ compensation can also cover their treatment costs. Seeking legal guidance can help injured workers make use of their rights.