From machinery to fumes, every industrial job comes with some kind of hazard for workers. Industrial workers perform essential tasks for society through constructing buildings, manufacturing items, and many other roles, but they face a higher risk of injuries than most other fields. Accidents can occur in any situation; however, to reduce the risk of harm, there are steps that workers can take to reduce the hazards that they face. Training is essential in keeping workers informed on how to properly use safety equipment and safe workplace practices. Some of this training is legally required, while some may simply be recommended.
Safety equipment is an essential component of industrial jobs:
- Boots reduce the risk of foot injuries from fallen items, as well as reducing damage from striking objects or walking on hot surfaces. Steel toes are often used to prevent broken toes.
- Gloves help to protect fingers and hands from getting trapped in machinery, as well as preventing burns, cuts, and exposure to dangerous chemicals.
- Goggles are used to protect the eyes from sparks, debris, chemicals, and burns; they can be tinted for welding purposes
- Hard hats protect the skull and brain from trauma due to a number of incidents, including falling from a height or being struck by debris.
- Respirators keep workers from inhaling toxic fumes and dusts.
These and other pieces of safety equipment reduce the risk of short and long-term harm to workers; however, they are only effective if they are used correctly. Safety training is important to ensure that all equipment is properly used and maintained to maximize its effectiveness. There are also many precautions that can be taken in each industry, such as how to properly lift heavy loads, how to safely transport a dangerous chemical, or how to secure all tools at a construction site.
Many industries have specific training required in certain situations by both the federal and state government. For example, those handling dangerous chemicals must be trained in certain topics. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides an informational booklet of what training is required under federal regulations for particular industries. Those industries outlined in detail in the booklet include maritime workers, construction workers, and agricultural workers. Many states provide additional training requirements as well. Even if your industry is not legally required to offer safety training, every workplace can benefit from teaching all of its employees basic safety steps, such as first aid or fire procedures. While the vast majority of industrial jobs require safety training in some form, those that do not can still benefit from it.
What To Do If You've Been Injured
All of the safety equipment and safety training in the world still won't completely prevent workers from being injured in workplace accidents. Even if a worker has been thoroughly trained in best safety practices, a brief lapse in judgment or decision to cut corners can lead to an accident. If you have been injured in an industrial accident, speak with an experienced lawyer about your legal rights. Our industrial injury lawyers have helped thousands of injured workers recover compensation for their injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation about your potential claim.