Unfortunately, manufacturing-related accidents and injuries are constantly happening around the country. Florida workers in this industry aren’t immune to the large number of hazards present in this field.
Due to the inherent risk that goes along with working in this industry, it’s a good idea to learn about some of the most common injuries that occur.
Repetitive stress injuries
For many factory workers, doing the same motion over and over, day after day, is part of their job. Unfortunately, this ongoing movement can lead to strain on their bones, joints, and muscles and cause soft tissue to deteriorate rather quickly.
Sometimes, injuries caused by repetitive stress can take years to show symptoms. However, once symptoms do appear, it’s difficult to treat them and restore normal, pain-free function.
Equipment related injuries
The equipment used in manufacturing settings is large, hot and contains many moving parts. Many accidents occur when workers come in contact with the hot or moving parts. Injuries include things like cuts, lacerations, broken bones, crushing injuries and more.
Toxic chemical exposure
If a worker is involved in the manufacture of toxic chemicals, there’s always a risk of exposure. If the chemicals touch the skin, they can cause respiratory problems, burns, and skin irritation. If a worker is exposed to certain chemicals over long periods of time (such as working for years in the same factory), more serious diseases may develop.
Protecting your rights after a manufacturing accident and injury
If you are injured while working in a manufacturing setting in Florida, you have rights. One is to receive workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries and losses. These benefits are meant to help you recover from the work-caused injury and can replace a part of the pay you would have made if you were working.