Manufacturing is a dangerous industry to work in. Accidents will happen in the workplace no matter what, but a lack of training can make an incident much worse. Workers who operate machinery on a daily basis know how important training can be. An improperly trained worker not only puts himself in danger but the people around him. For example if someone does not know how to drive a forklift then they could endanger everyone around them by accidentally dropping heavy crates or tipping the machine.
Operating machinery can look simple but the stakes are high with heavy machines. It has been shown that proper training greatly reduces the risk for injury. Here are some possible ways that a lack of training leads to workplace injuries:
Lack of safety training: Machines are very dangerous and almost always require some kind of safety training. If an employer does not show the right way to limit risk and respond to an emergency situation then they are just asking for an incident. Accidents will happen regardless but if an employee is not aware that they shouldn't wear jewelry or that they should stay clear of certain areas then it could lead to worse injuries than expected.
Lack of machine training: Learning how a machine operates is very important before starting to use it on your own. If an employee gets their sleeve caught in a machine and they know where the emergency turn off switch is then they might be fine. If someone has not been properly trained on the equipment then they could end up losing a body part.
Employer is unorganized with new employees: When hiring new employees it is important to stay organized and make sure everyone receives the right training. Sometimes, especially in bigger companies, it is easy to lose track of new hires. A new worker might slip through the cracks and get skipped on certain training. If the employer is unorganized then it could lead to huge losses for both the worker and the employer.
Machinery accidents can result in severe injuries such as:
- Crushed or broken bones from dropped loads or moving vehicles
- Severe lacerations from sharp machine parts
- De-gloving of the extremities from high powered machines
- Lost digits and limbs from crushing machines
Two things an employee can do following a machinery accident
1. Notify your employer in writing: Yes, they may be well aware of your injury as it occurred at work, but it is essential to inform your employer of your injury in writing. You can get your compensation denied if you take too long to notify your employer. Get the written notice to your boss within four days.
2. Speak with a lawyer: A lawyer can help you file a workers' compensation claim and get the best bang for your buck. It is in your employer and insurance company's best interest to give you the lowest amount of compensation possible. A lawyer experienced in workers' compensation in the manufacturing industry can help you get a better claim.