Industrial and manufacturing industries are naturally high-risk work environments.
If you’re new to working in this type of area, understanding the
potential safety risks can help you to avoid serious injury. Here’s
a look at some of the potential sources of
workers compensation injury and tips for safety and prevention.
Heavy Equipment Operation
No matter how comfortable you become with the heavy equipment, you should
remain vigilant and follow all prescribed safety procedures at all times.
Familiarity and comfort with the equipment can lead to complacency. That
is when dangerous accidents and injuries occur. Be aware of the equipment
operating around you at all times and familiarize yourself with the safety
requirements for anything new in your area right away.
Even in the safest manufacturing facilities are at risk of fire, whether
from a spill or equipment malfunction. Make sure that you have a solid
evacuation plan in place, and know where your fire exits are at all times.
In addition, you should be proactive about addressing fire hazards. Install
fire extinguishers throughout the warehouse. Look for safety hazards at
all times, including exposed wires or improper chemical storage. The more
prepared and alert you are, the less risk you face of a serious workplace
injury due to a fire.
Falling Parts and Tools
While you’re monitoring the work area for safety hazards, don’t
forget to look up. When you have storage racks, elevated work areas or
other elevated areas, you’ll need to be aware of the risk of things
falling. Make sure that you are aware of anything moving around in your
vicinity, because loose clothing, shoelaces and other items can get caught easily.
Add safety bars to all elevated shelving. This will create a barrier that
is several inches high, protecting you from parts sliding off the shelf.
Secure your racks to the wall or ceiling to prevent them from falling
over, and keep an eye on the overhead area at all times when you are on
Since a manufacturing environment can be fast-paced and overwhelming, it’s
important to make a conscious effort to focus on safety. If you are injured at work,
contact us to review the details of the accident and discuss workers compensation.