Factory workers are the backbone of our nation and produce most of the things that we use in our society today. Over one out of ten workers in the United States is a factory worker and about one third of all work related accidents occur in a factory. It is the responsibility of employers to ensure the safety of their employers and to provide adequate compensation in the event of injury so that workers do not suffer financial hardship when they’ve become injured. The Chicago Injury Center is a personal injury law firm in Illinois that represents the interests of the dedicated and hard workers that we rely on for our everyday needs.
Causes of Factory Injuries
Constantly moving machinery, a fast paced process and repetitious actions throughout an entire shift can all contribute to injuries. Other environmental factors can cause or contribute to an injury as well, such as the use of chemicals during the manufacturing process. Following are the most common causes of injury in factories.
- Trips, slips and falls. This type of injury is common in any work place but the nature of factory work increases the risk of severe injuries when workers fall due to poor lighting, obstacles, slippery surfaces or other hazards.
- Chemicals and environmental hazards. The inhalation of chemicals or toxic substances can cause immediate or residual harm over many years. Many of the parts used in the manufacture of cars or machinery contain asbestos, for example, and when inadequate measures are taken to protect workers from asbestos inhalation it can result in the injury of the workers and their families due to exposure.
- Overexertion and physical stress. Many factory workers perform the same task repeatedly over the duration of their shifts and it is possible to strain, pull or tear muscles when overexerting oneself.
- Machinery. Many of the machines in factories have moving parts that create pinch points— which can cause severe injury if a worker’s limb or body gets caught in the pinch point. Mechanical failure may also result in the injury of those operating it at the time of the malfunction.
The Responsibility of Employers
Employers are required to provide a safe work environment as well as workers’ compensation to those who are injured while on the job. In addition to these obligations, employers are liable when an injury is caused by the negligent actions of a worker or failure to address a known issue that resulted in the accident. If you have been injured on the job, it is important to speak with a workplace injury lawyer to learn about your rights and legal options. Your employer will take every step necessary to limit its financial responsibility, so you need counsel on your side to protect your own interests.
Contact the Chicago Injury Center today to speak with an attorney for free. We will evaluate your case for free and advise you on how best to move forward. If we are unable to collect compensation on your behalf, our services and advice will be free.