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Manufacturing industry injuries are often preventable

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

People who work in the manufacturing industry have jobs that aren’t always safe. They often work around equipment that’s moving and very heavy. The conditions might be difficult to work in. Still, it’s up to the employers to ensure that their employees have the safest work area possible. 

Employers should evaluate the job site and project to determine what types of safety protocol should be in place. They need to consider common manufacturing hazards like objects coming into contact with the worker, repetitive motion injuries, harmful substances, and overexertion. They should also think about slips, falls, and trips. 

How can safety be improved in the manufacturing industry?

Employee training and safety gear are two areas that companies can focus on to help keep workers safe. They should ensure that all workers have the training necessary to do their job duties correctly. This includes having periodic continuing education sessions and safety reminders on a regular basis.

Employees also need to have proper safety equipment. Some items, such as steel-toed shoes may be provided by the employee. Others, such as goggles and hardhats are usually provided by the company. Employers must require the employees to use the safety equipment in the correct manner, and they should do safety checks to make sure workers are compliant.

Anyone who’s working in the manufacturing industry should ensure they understand their rights if they’re injured at work. Workers’ compensation coverage can pay for the medical care they need for their work-related injuries and provide some replacement income for their lost wages. If a workers’ comp claim isn’t going as expected, it may be time to seek legal guidance.