Top 10 Dangers For Colorado Manufacturing Plant Workers

Aug 22, 2014 | WC & Other Laws

Working in a manufacturing plant can be a dangerous profession that often calls for workers’ comp claims to be filed.  Heavy machinery, loud environments and dangerous chemicals can create hazardous work environments leading employees to need to file workers’ compensation claims.  We’ve compiled a list of the top ten dangers for manufacturing plant workers in Colorado:

Danger #1 – Warehouse Accidents – As workers are constantly loading and unloading materials in a warehouse, there is a possibility that some of these items may dislodge and fall on an unsuspecting worker.

Danger #2 – Forklift Accidents – In some instances, forklift operators are not properly trained and licensed.  In these types of situations, it is more likely for a forklift operator to drop pallets of materials on an individual.

Danger #3 – Machinery Accidents – Without a doubt, the injuries that can occur when a person is utilising machinery can be quite serious.  These accidents are more likely to occur when machine guards are not fitted properly, the machinery is not properly maintained, and/or when a person is not properly trained on said machinery.

Danger #4 – Workplace Falls – Some types of falls occur in the workplace as a result of slippery floors, while other falls may occur when a worker loses their balance while working up in an elevated area

Danger #5 – Electrical Shock – In an industrial environment, there are a number of electrical hazards that can include getting shocked or even burned by electricity.  Individuals who work in the electrical department are of course more susceptible to these types of injuries.

Danger #6 – Manual Labor – If you are required to lift, push, or move heavy items at your place of work, you will be more susceptible to muscle injuries, back problems, broken bones, and even heart problems.

Danger #7 – Hazardous Materials – In a manufacturing plant, there are a variety of hazards that can lead to chemical leaks, explosions, and fires.  Of course, any injuries caused by these hazards can be extremely serious and perhaps fatal.

Danger #8 – Moving Equipment – if you operate a vehicle in a manufacturing environment, there is a chance that you may become seriously injured if this vehicle crashes.  Moreover, there is also a chance that another vehicle can hit and injure you as well.

Danger #9 – Moving Objects – In a manufacturing plant, there is always a chance that heavy objects may fall on you.  Further, there is also a chance that equipment carrying heavy objects may hit you.

Danger #10 – Industrial-Related Diseases – Since working in an industrial job means that you are often exposed to chemicals, dust, and fumes, there is more of a chance of contracting an industrial related disease.  Some of these diseases include asbestos related illnesses, dermatitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, hearing loss, and more.

Overall, while these dangers can cause severe health issues, it is important to note that Greely & Denver workers’ comp attorneys are available to help you take control of your illness or injury and find compensation to help you cover your expenses.  If you or a loved one is suffering from a manufacturing plant-related injury or disease, contact our attorneys at 1-303-780-7329 or click HERE for a FREE consultation with a Denver or Greely area workers’ compensation attorney.