Manufacturing is one of the most dangerous industries for individuals to work in. It also comprises a major portion of the nation’s economy.
According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in 2020 it accounted for 24% of the annual GDP. That same year, it had the fifth highest number of fatal workplace injuries, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. The industry comes with certain safety hazards as well as profitability.
1. Strain on the body
One of the main dangers does not seem like one at all. Workers generally have to perform the same tasks over and over again. Repeated motions may lead to repetitive strain injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome, over time. Lifting heavy objects on a regular basis may also lead to musculoskeletal disorders and overstrain, which may in turn lead to individuals falling and injuring themselves because of sudden spurts of weakness or dizziness.
2. Heavy machines
The machinery used in factories is often large and dangerous. Contact with them, operator error and malfunctions may all result in injuries. Crushing injuries are not uncommon and may result in broken bones, loss of limbs and other severe harm.
3. Hazardous substances
Factory workers also often come into contact with dangerous chemicals. They may face exposure to toxic liquids, solids or vapors. These may cause chemical burns or sickness
There are dangers inherent to manufacturing, just as with other industries. Proper training, compliance with regulations and strict safety protocols help reduce these risks. Manufacturing employees injured at work may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits to help with medical costs and lost wages during recovery.