Although all workers can sustain an injury on the job, some fields of employment inherently come with more dangerous working conditions and a higher rate of injury. These fields include construction, public safety, manufacturing and more.
Here are some common injuries that occur in manufacturing plants in Tennessee.
Factory work often involves being around fast-moving machinery that does not necessarily slow down if someone needs to perform at a slower pace for a few minutes or takes their eyes off the machine for a second. As a result, cuts from those machines represent one of the most common injuries that factory workers experience on the job.
Repetitive strain injuries happen when someone repeats the same motion over and over again, especially if they have poor technique or fail to take an adequate number of rest breaks. Because manufacturing often involves repetitive tasks such as placing items on and off a conveyor belt, people who do those tasks are at a greater risk of repetitive strain injuries.
Slips and falls
Leaks and spills happen in a manufacturing environment, and sometimes workers are too busy to clean them up right away. However, this can cause employees to slip and fall, injuring themselves in the process. If employees cannot clean a spill immediately, it is good practice to put up a sign over the spill so that people are aware of it.
When employees know about the most common injuries that occur in their line of work, they can be proactive about preventing those injuries.