Studies have shown that over 800 workers die in machine shop accidents every year. In addition to the fatalities, over 18,000 workers are injured each year with some injuries resulting in amputation. Unsafe working conditions and employees ignoring safety protocols can increase the likelihood of accidents.
What are the most common machine shop injuries?
Machine workers have to lift heavy equipment and perform repetitive tasks, which can cause strain and motion injuries. The tools used in machine shops can also cause injury due to misuse or repetitive use. Using a tool like a grinder or sander can also be a safety hazard if the employee doesn’t wear safety protection like gloves, helmets and goggles.
Additionally, poor ventilation and chemical exposure can cause a number of injuries and diseases. Many machine workers are exposed to harsh chemicals on a daily basis. They might also find themselves breathing in dust and metal particles, which can injure their respiratory system. These types of injuries are particularly dangerous because they build up over time and might not be noticed until years later.
Some workers are injured because they fail to act in time to prevent an incident. They might be reluctant to take time off when fatigued or want to complete a job as quickly as possible. Some businesses also discourage collecting workers’ comp after suffering from an injury. An employee might be afraid of being perceived as weak if they take safety precautions or seek medical attention.
What should an employee do after suffering from an injury in the workplace?
Workplace accidents are often caused by poor management and refusal to adhere to safety standards. An employee who suffered from a workplace accident might wish to hire an attorney to help them file a lawsuit in court if their employer denies them workers’ comp benefits.