Factory work often requires hands-on labor performed on and around large machinery, but what happens when you, as a laborer, are injured on the job? Accidents at factories are usually more common than in other employment sectors, no matter the nature of your daily job.
If you work in a factory or cannery, learning about some common injuries and how they can affect your life may help you stay safe as you work to support yourself and your family.
Operating and working around forklifts may result in crushing or pinning injuries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nearly 75 factory workers lost their lives in 2017 as a result of forklift accidents and over 9,000 were injured. Some of these individuals were harmed by falling loads, while others were struck by the forklift itself. Remaining aware of your surroundings and of moving vehicles at all times, as well as practicing safe operational maneuvers, can help keep you safe.
Severed digits or limbs
Factory machines are often designed to cut, grind and shred materials, making them a significant source of injury. Faulty machinery may cause you to lose fingers or even part of an arm, foot or hand. When a malfunction occurs, the loss of a body part can cause you to become permanently disabled and affect your ability to work in the future. Following safety procedures and ensuring your employer inspects and repairs machinery as necessary may prevent injury.
Factory work is often demanding and can present many hazards. However, remaining aware of possible injuries and working with equipment that operates properly may reduce the odds of death or disability.