In many ways, modern machinery has revolutionized the work performed by people in the manufacturing sector. Jobs that once required intensive, manual labor are instead performed by machinery. However, humans must work in close proximity to said machinery in order to monitor them for issues, and feed and move component pieces through.
While those machines may save employees from backbreaking labor, they increase the risk for a wide range of potential workplace injuries to the people who repair, maintain and operate them. Anyone who works with heavy machinery in a manufacturing setting should familiarize themselves with the potential risks.
Large machines can cause cutting or crushing injuries
Large devices, ranging from machine presses to cutting equipment, can create risk for the people working with them. It only takes a second for a piece of clothing or even safety equipment to wind up caught in a machine, rendering a staff member vulnerable to severe injuries.
Machinery can cause severe cuts, bruising and even amputations. They can also create severely broken bones and other major medical injuries. These workers may require a long time to recover.
In the case of severe trauma or amputation, full recovery may not be possible. These workers may require workers’ compensation benefits both to provide medical coverage for the care they need and to offset lost wages. A worker in the manufacturing field likely requires full use of all limbs in order to perform their job. Suffering a massive injury could mean the inability to return to work.
Machinery also causes issues with hearing
Listening to the rumble and shriek of industrial machines day in and day out is more than obnoxious and headache-generating. It can actually cause long-term damage to an individual’s hearing.
Even with protective devices, such as noise-canceling headphones, constant exposure to loud, shrill or overpowering sounds can damage someone’s hearing permanently. Manufacturing is the industry with the highest risk of hearing loss for workers.
Those who suffer hearing loss as a result of workplace machinery may also have grounds for a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation should cover the cost of a hearing evaluation and any assistive technology, such as hearing aids, that an individual requires to continue working and living independently.
Physical injuries and the loss of hearing are only two of many potential injuries related to large machinery. Electrocution is another significant risk.
Regardless of the nature of your injury, if you wound up hurt because of machinery at your place of work, you may have the right to seek compensation for those injuries and the losses you have suffered.