When working around chemicals or machinery, which is common in industrial workplaces, employees are often exposed to dangers that workers in office or retail environments are not. But what are some of the most common dangers you might face in an industrial environment?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration publishes a list of the top 10 cited violations across work spaces, and that list gives some insight into common dangers in an industrial workplace. The list for 2015 was topped by fall issues in construction environments, but number two on the list was a failure to communication hazards appropriately. Hazards can include dangerous machinery, chemicals or even settings. By understanding what hazards exist, employees can take extra precautions to avoid injuries.
A lack of respiratory protection was number four on the citations list. If you work in an industrial environment where fumes or dusts are common in the air, then you should find out about the appropriate respiratory safety. Should you be wearing a mask of some type, and how does your employer provider for that need? If employers ignore such risks and fail to provide and train for proper safety, then you should report that issue through appropriate channels.
Other common citations published by OSHA include inappropriate methods for wiring electrical equipment, inappropriate training on or use of powered machinery or vehicles within a job site, poor lockout/tagout protocols and incorrect machinery procedures. All of these can lead to employee injuries.
While these are common reasons for injuries on the job, none of these factors have to exist for you to receive compensation if you are injured on the job. Workers’ compensation typically covers losses associated with any job injury — even one that is a freak accident that is caused by no negligence or action of any party.
Source: Department of Labor, “Commonly Used Statistics,” accessed March 04, 2016