According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 13 million workers in the manufacturing industry are at risk for injury. Factory workers have some of the most physically demanding jobs in the United States. Between sorting items on the assembly line and using heavy machinery at a rapid rate of speed, factory workers put themselves at risk every time they clock in. Once a workplace accident occurs, it can be extremely difficult to provide for your family, particularly if you are unable to work for an extended period. Here are some of the most common factory worker injuries in California.
Burns and lacerations
Factory workers may handle hazardous chemicals or dangerous equipment that could catch on fire and lead to severe burns. Lacerations are also common when using heavy equipment, as many factory workers do not receive proper training or supervision.
An employee who works in a factory that manufacturers or contains harmful chemicals may suffer physical harm due to the chemical exposure. In some cases, regular inhalation of these chemicals can cause long-term respiratory illness such as mesothelioma.
Repetitive motion injuries (RMIs) and/or overexertion
When an employee repeatedly does the same type of work everyday for an extended period of time, they are more likely to suffer a repetitive motion injury (RMI) or overexertion. An RMI is a musculoskeletal disorder caused by working the same part of the body over and over again.
Handling mechanical equipment without the proper safety gear and training can result in severe injury, including arm and leg amputations.
Slippery substances, debris, and poor lighting in a factory can lead to serious slip-and-fall injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal injury.
If you are a factory worker who has suffered injuries in a workplace accident, you may recover damages from your employer through workers’ compensation or a personal injury claim. An attorney specializing in workplace injuries may be able to assist you with your case.