Factories across Iowa provide vital goods and services to people both in and out of the state. These buildings don’t operate by themselves, they rely on a fit and healthy workforce.
Employees in this sector generally work long, hard hours, but typically manage to stay safe. Unfortunately, there are occasions where safety procedures are not followed and an accident occurs. Crucially, accidents don’t necessarily have to be somebody’s fault. They can happen by pure chance. In any case, it is important to recognize the common sources of factory accidents so that preventative measures can be taken.
Incidents with machinery
Gone are the days when every single task was carried out manually. Machinery plays a key role in the efficient operation of factories. While modern technology eases some of the workloads from individuals it can also be a source of risk.
One momentary lapse of concentration or fault in the mechanics of a machine could result in very severe injuries, such as limbs being crushed, burns and serious lacerations.
Slips and falls
There tend to be numerous oils, fuels and other lubricants on the factory floor. Such substances are used to lubricate machinery and perform other maintenance. These types of products might even be what the factory workers are producing.
If these liquids somehow leak onto the floor space where workers are walking, there is a serious risk of slipping and falling over. Also, if these materials are to be cleaned up from the floor, then it needs to be done appropriately. Leaving a floor in wet condition, without signage, is counterproductive and also produces a serious risk of slip-and-fall accidents.
Factory workers have every right to feel as safe as possible while carrying out their duties. If you have been involved in a work-related accident, you might want to assess your legal options.