The manufacturing sector is made up of a wide-range of industries engaged in the production of consumer or industrial goods. Despite the decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs over the past two decades, the private sector still employs more than 15 million people across the country. Industrial accidents in the manufacturing industry continue to account for a significant percentage of workplace injuries in the United States.
Sadly, the majority of industrial accidents and manufacturing injuries are preventable. If you were injured in a manufacturing or factory accident in Birmingham or its surrounding areas, the construction equipment accident lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 205-933-1500 to discuss your options.
Common Hazards in the Manufacturing Sector
Manufacturing is one of the most diverse sectors of the economy. It involves products ranging from food, petroleum, chemicals, textiles, pharmaceuticals, to furniture. Manufacturing workers are expected to use highly specialized machinery and perform physically demanding tasks in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
As a whole, manufacturing and industrial work is a high-risk profession and workers face a multitude of risks on a daily basis. According to a survey, 52 percent of manufacturing and factory workers say that they often or sometimes face potentially dangerous conditions at work.
The six major safety hazards in manufacturing settings are:
- Exposure to harmful chemicals
- Heavy machinery or equipment
- Fire or explosions
- Overexertion or repetitive motion
Causes of Manufacturing Accidents
Generally speaking, construction equipment accidents and other industrial accidents are usually caused by unsafe working conditions, human error, or a combination of the two.
- Unsafe plant or factory design
- Failure to maintain equipment
- Defective machinery or equipment
- Malfunctioning equipment
- OSHA violations
- Inadequate supervision
- Worker distraction
- Negligent or reckless use of equipment
- Obstructed walk-ways
- Inadequate machine guarding
- Improper lighting
- Inadequate ventilation
- Worker fatigue
- Lack of proper training
- Failure to provide protective equipment
- Lack of proper lockout/tag out procedures
When employers cut corners to save money or fail to comply with safety standards, they put workers at a higher risk of injury. According to the National Safety Council’s 2017 injury facts report, there were 353 fatalities and 530,000 injuries in the manufacturing industry in 2015.
Common Types of Manufacturing Injuries
The primary causes of manufacturing injuries are (1) contact with harmful substances (2) contact with an object or equipment (3) repetitive motion (4) overexertion (5) transportation accidents and (6) slips, trips, and falls. Some of the most common manufacturing injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Hearing loss
- Crush injuries
- Loss of vision
- Skin diseases
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Cuts, lacerations, and punctures
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Manufacturing Injuries in Alabama
The boom of manufacturing jobs in the auto parts industry in Alabama, which has earned it the nickname “New Detroit,” has come into sharp focus recently following a number of safety concerns. A report by Bloomberg revealed that employees in Alabama parts plants had a 50 percent higher injury and illness rate than the collective U.S. auto parts industry. Even more disturbing was the finding that Alabama workers face a risk of amputation that is double the rate of auto parts employees nationally.
In Alabama, employees who are injured on the job generally qualify for workers’ compensation benefits irrespective of fault. If your workplace injury was caused by someone’s negligence or unsafe conditions on property not owned by your employer, you may also be able to seek compensation for your losses through a third-party personal injury claim.
Contact Our Construction Equipment Accident Lawyers for Help
At Belt & Bruner, P.C., our construction equipment accident lawyers have in-depth knowledge of Alabama’s Workers Compensation Act and personal injury laws. We have more than 65 years of collective experience handling a broad range of personal injury cases and have helped countless accident victims recover compensation for medical costs, lost income, physical pain, mental anguish, loss of quality of life, disfigurement, and disability.
If you or a loved one were injured in an industrial accident, call the Alabama work accident lawyers from Belt & Bruner, P.C. at 205-933-1500 or use our online form. We offer a case evaluation free of charge and are ready to help you obtain full compensation for your losses. With offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our Alabama personal injury law firm will quickly travel to investigate your case.