Industrial and manufacturing workers make up a huge part of the nation’s economy. An Industrial Accident Lawyer at Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP can help you get compensation from those responsible for your accident.
The Most Common Workplace Injuries for Factory Workers
Factory workers are the most high-risk victims of industrial and manufacturing accidents. Some of the most common factory worker accidents include:
- Repetitive Stress Injuries. Many factories require employees to perform the same task over and over. Repetitive work can lead to repetitive stress injuries. Using the same muscles in the same motion can cause strains. It can also cause soft tissue to deteriorate rapidly. Symptoms include numbness, pain, tingling, and loss of strength in the affected area.
- Slip and Falls. Employers have a responsibility to keep floors clean and dry to prevent slip and fall injuries. Prevention is especially important in factories where workers have to move around quickly. Injuries can include broken bones, spinal injuries, sprains, or traumatic head injuries.
- Machine-Related Injuries. Industrial machines can be dangerous, and workers who operate them every day are at risk of severe injury due to automatic gears and conveyor belts. Employees doing repetitive machine work can get bored and easily distracted, leading to careless injuries.
- Falling Objects. Falling objects account for many industrial and manufacturing injuries. Injuries typically happen due to objects falling on their own, sometimes moved by vibration, or dropped by employees working on higher levels. Injuries may include traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, broken bones, or lacerations. Larger objects falling from high places can easily cause fatalities.
- Exposure to Harmful Chemicals. Many products require using harmful materials during the manufacturing process, which puts factory workers at a huge risk of toxic exposure. Chemical spills in factories can lead to serious burns, skin irritation, or respiratory issues.
The Main Causes of Industrial and Manufacturing Accidents
There are several factors that can lead to industrial accidents. Some common causes of these accidents include:
- Environmental Causes: poor lighting, ambient temperature, air pollution, and sound pollution
- Mechanical Causes: broken, or damaged machines, power failure, fires and explosions, and normal machinery wear and tear
- Human Factors: poor housekeeping, fatigue, overexertion, stress, dehydration, and improper lifting
Connecticut Industrial and Manufacturing Accidents Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, manufacturing accounted for 15 percent of all private industry nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2019. It was the only private industry sector where the Total Recordable Cases (TRC) rate had a statistically significant change over the year.
- The number of nonfatal cases was 421,400
- Injuries and illnesses to manufacturing workers resulted in 32,470 Days Away From Work (DAFW)
- Cases of sprains, strains, or tears (28.0 percent)
- Cases of soreness or pain (14.5 percent)
- Cases involving cuts, lacerations, or punctures (13.3 percent)
Contact BPS Lawyers if You Have Been Involved in an Industrial or Manufacturing Accident
At BPS Lawyers we have a combined 100 years of experience with workers’ compensation issues, including industrial and manufacturing injuries, which tend to be quite serious. We can help you recover the full extent of your damage. If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, contact us for help.