In the dynamic world of manufacturing, employees often face the risk of injuries due to the nature of their work.
These injuries can range from minor incidents to more severe accidents. Recognizing these common injuries is important for both employees and employers to maintain a safe working environment.
1. Strains and sprains
One prevalent type of injury in manufacturing is strains and sprains. These occur when employees engage in repetitive motions or lift heavy objects without proper techniques. Strains and sprains can affect various body parts, such as the back, neck or shoulders.
2. Cuts and lacerations
The manufacturing environment often involves working with sharp tools, machinery and materials. As a result, employees may be prone to cuts and lacerations. Strict adherence to safety protocols, including the use of personal protective equipment like gloves and safety glasses, is necessary to prevent these injuries.
3. Falls from heights
Manufacturing facilities often have elevated platforms or work areas, putting employees at risk of falls. Lack of proper safety measures, such as guardrails or non-slip surfaces, can contribute to accidents.
4. Impact injuries
Employees working with heavy machinery or moving parts may be susceptible to impact injuries. These can occur when a worker gets struck by an object or caught in machinery.
5. Respiratory issues
Certain manufacturing processes release airborne particles or fumes that can lead to respiratory problems. Inhaling dust, chemicals or other pollutants may cause respiratory issues over time.
In 2020, U.S. manufacturers reported 373,300 nonfatal workplace injuries or illnesses. In the event of an injury, it is important for employees to promptly file a workers’ compensation claim. This ensures that they receive the necessary medical attention and compensation for any time away from work.