No matter where they are in Colorado, manufacturing businesses are notorious for workplace injuries. Although severe mishaps get all the attention, many workplace injuries occurring in manufacturing plants are minor, with some developing over time. What are the most common injuries in manufacturing plants?
Most injuries are non-fatal
According to the National Safety Council, the following are the top four injuries that result in workers’ compensation claims:
- Sprains, strains, muscle tears
- Cuts, lacerations and puncture wounds
- Soreness and pain
- Bruises and contusions
The Council reports that only 0.3% of workplace injuries are fatal.
Along with the kind of injuries that occur, the Council also indicated that certain situations more commonly produced manufacturing workplace injuries. These were:
- Contact with heavy objects and equipment
- Bad body position and overexertion
- Slips, trips and falls
- Repetitive motion
- Exposure to harmful substances, often repeatedly
Preventing workplace injuries
Taking steps to prevent workplace injuries can go a long way to ensure they don’t happen. Facilities that provide their workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) reduce the chance of injury from harmful substances or contact with heavy equipment. Additionally, workers usually become more cautious when wearing PPE, preventing mishaps. Warning signs and indicators can help do the same. Mandatory training sessions can equip workers with safety practices while working on ergonomics, and proper form can prevent repetitive motion injuries.
What if I can’t work?
Many workplace injuries, even those that aren’t severe, can often result in considerable time off from your job. Whenever you are injured at work, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim with your company’s insurance provider. In addition to medical treatments and therapy, a workers’ compensation claim can provide income while you can’t work.
Although it sounds easy, sometimes getting an insurance provider to pay a workers’ compensation claim can become quite difficult. Many insurance companies will try to blame you for the injuries or deny your claim for another reason. If your claim is initially denied, don’t give up, as appeals are often successful.