Whether you are a union or non-union factory worker, your duty on the assembly line can be dangerous every time you enter the plant. In any industry, you could be working with heavy machinery, toxic chemicals, dangerous tools, and other hazardous materials. Unfortunately, this also means that you will be more likely to suffer a serious injury on the job and may need to file for workers’ compensation to get back on your feet.
Common Injuries Experienced by Factory Workers
Although workers in different manufacturing jobs perform a variety of tasks, they all face similar risks. Common injuries that force factory employees to take time off their jobs and file for workers’ compensation include:
- Overexertion injuries. Musculoskeletal disorders affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves are common injuries resulting from overexertion. Factory workers suffer with these problems because their employment requires so much stamina and physical tasks, like lifting.
- Repetitive motion injuries. These injuries are caused by performing the same task over and over again, something that factory workers on the assembly line do daily. This repetitive movement can cause a person’s soft tissues to wear down, resulting in pain and carpel tunnel syndrome, neck and back disc injuries, and many other health problems.
- Crushing injuries or severed limbs. When a person’s job involves heavy machinery, he is at risk of becoming caught in dangerous machines and could suffer crushing injuries, loss of a limb, and deep lacerations.
- Transportation-related injuries. Many factory employees are required to drive heavy machinery such as forklifts or trucks. They can suffer injuries associated with driving a vehicle and getting into an accident, like serious fractures, internal organ damage, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injuries.
- Exposure to harmful substances. Many workers are forced to inhale or are otherwise exposed to toxic chemicals on a daily basis. These people can suffer occupational cancers or lung disease.
- Fires and explosions. Fires and explosions can be more dangerous in a factory because of the combustible materials often present. Workers can suffer very serious burns and worse if caught in one of these dangerous accidents.
These are only some of the dangers factory employees face and the injuries they could suffer. However, they may be able to recover their medical bills and lost wages through workers’ compensation.
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