If you work in a factory, it’s a good idea to understand the hazards that you may come into contact with each day. You may be at risk of injuries from machines that cut or grind. You may also be at risk of getting hurt due to repetitive motions and strain.
There are all kinds of injuries that are possible in a factory environment, but some of the most common injuries impact hundreds and thousands of workers each year.
What injuries are most likely to be seen in a factory?
Some of the injuries that are common in factory settings include:
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Machine-related injuries, such as crushing injuries or grinding injuries
- Chemical exposure
- Motor vehicle collisions/accidents
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Injuries caused by falling objects
All of these injuries could be possible depending on the type of factory you work in. For example, if you work in a factory that bottles chemicals, a spill could lead to burns or chemical inhalation injuries.
You have rights as a factory worker
As a factory worker, you do have rights. You have the right to work in a safe environment and to be trained to do your job as safely as possible. If there is a hazard that you report, your employer should take steps to remedy that issue and make your environment safer again.
Training is one of the most important aspects of working safely in a factory. You should never be placed on a line or asked to do a job without adequate training. You also should not be asked to do your job without the appropriate personal protective equipment.
What do you do if you’re hurt at work?
If you do get hurt on the job, you deserve to seek fair compensation. You may be able to pursue workers’ compensation, which should cover the cost of your medical care and reimburse you with a portion of your wages while you focus on your recovery. You may also be entitled to other benefits, so report your injury as soon as possible to make your employer aware that you will be making a claim.