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5 common manufacturing plant injuries

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2024 | Workplace Injuries |

In the bustling world of manufacturing plants, where precision and efficiency are a necessity, the safety of employees often takes center stage.

Despite stringent safety measures, accidents can still happen, leading to various injuries. Understanding these common injuries is important for both employers and employees to promote a safer working environment.

1. Falls and trips

One of the most prevalent types of injuries in manufacturing plants relates to falls and trips. These can occur due to wet floors, uneven surfaces or inadequate lighting. Employees may suffer from sprains, fractures or even more severe injuries.

2. Strains and overexertion

The repetitive nature of tasks in manufacturing plants can lead to strains and overexertion. Constant lifting, pushing or pulling heavy objects can cause musculoskeletal issues.

3. Machine-related injuries

Machinery is an integral part of manufacturing, but it also poses significant risks. Injuries can occur due to equipment malfunctions, lack of proper training or failure to follow safety protocols. Employees may face cuts, amputations or crush injuries. Regular maintenance, thorough training, and strict adherence to safety guidelines are important in preventing machine-related accidents.

4. Chemical exposure

Working with various chemicals is common in manufacturing plants, and exposure can lead to injuries or long-term health issues. Proper labeling, storage and training on handling hazardous materials are necessary to minimize the risks associated with chemical exposure.

5. Noise-induced hearing loss

The constant roar of machinery in manufacturing plants can contribute to noise-induced hearing loss over time. Employers should provide hearing protection and implement measures to reduce noise levels where possible. Regular hearing assessments can help detect issues early on.

In 2021, 2.6 million workplace illnesses and injuries occurred in the U.S. For those dealing with injuries, fair compensation for their injuries promotes a sense of security.