Factory workers need to know how to work on many different machines. The work can seem tedious depending on what job you have, but it still requires a present mind and attention to detail. Sometimes, though, the problem is not with the work or the worker, but with the machinery itself.
Keep a watchful eye for equipment conditions that could lead to these three common accidents around the work floor.
- Getting caught in machines
Machine guards installed properly can prevent workers from danger. However, the inner workings of the equipment you run can still catch you and pull you in if the manufacturer used a poor design. You should always wear tight-fitting sleeves and the proper gloves to prevent gears from grabbing your clothing. Also, make sure to inspect the unit before you begin working to ensure the guard is in place and that it shields you from the moving parts.
- Taking a tumble
Slips and falls can leave you sprawled on the floor and in great pain. Falls lead the way as the most often sustained manufacturing injury, and one in three people wind up seriously injured or dying as a result. Watch the floor around machines for grease patches, oil leaks and other slick substances, and check for signs that it is time to do routine maintenance.
- Electrical accidents
You may not believe electricity is a threat to you unless your job requires you to fix electrical equipment. However, anyone who uses electrical tools and equipment is at risk. You should always be alert for the following hazards:
- Worn or damaged cables, wires and cords
- Exposed electrical parts
- Damaged insulation
- Wet conditions around the equipment
Attending safety meetings and staying alert can help keep you safe at work. When the problem is faulty equipment, a third party may be liable for your injuries.