Working at a Kansas City manufacturing plant can pay well and provide good benefits, it can also be an incredibly dangerous job for employees. Their work often involves handling hazards such as complicated machinery, dangerous chemicals, power tools, and forklifts. As a result, factory workers could suffer injuries or develop occupational illnesses that require them to be off work until they recover—if they can return at all.
Fortunately, manufacturing employees in Missouri and Kansas could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits when they suffer an injury or illness that's job-related.
Common Causes of Accidents at Factories
Many causes of workplace accidents or occupational illnesses aren't in the control of injured workers. Some are situational, and others can be prevented by employers.
Here are the top reasons employees are involved in accidents:
- Dangerous equipment. A typical workday in a manufacturing plant involves dealing with many dangerous types of equipment. When a company doesn't implement safety procedures and workers aren't properly trained, they can become injured or even killed. Lack of maintenance and defective equipment are also causes of tragic injuries and deaths.
- Forklift accidents. These vehicles are often utilized to transport manufactured goods, parts, and other heavy loads. Inexperienced and untrained operators can pose a danger to themselves and others. Hazards include forklift tipping, driver ejection, or a collision with another employee.
- Repetitive movements. Factory workers often repeat the same manual tasks each day. This can result in soft tissue injuries such as carpel tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and tendonitis. These injuries often require lengthy treatments and can cause chronic pain and movement limitation.
- Overexertion. Working in a manufacturing plant can often be physically demanding. Lifting, loading, stacking, and other tasks can cause damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.
- Slip and fall accidents. Debris, spills of food and drink, and wet bathrooms are a few of the causes of slip and fall accidents in factories. In addition, parts and tools scattered on the floor, working from heights, and hazardous liquid leaks are other slip and fall hazards that may result in life-altering injuries or death.
- Toxic substances. Employees are exposed to and often work with hazardous chemicals, gases, and other toxic substances. As a result, they could develop respiratory illnesses, cancer, or other serious health conditions—sometimes years after the exposure.
- Vehicle accidents. If workers must drive to different company locations or between work sites, they face the same road risks as any other motorist. However, if they're injured on the job, this may entitled them to compensation.
- Fires and explosions. Many toxic and flammable substances are on-site at manufacturing plants, Improper training and handling may result in catastrophic burn injuries.
Injuries Suffered in Factory Accidents
Because of the hazards noted above, manufacturing employees must constantly be on alert and aware of their surroundings to avoid workplace accidents. Unfortunately, they may still be involved in serious circumstances resulting in physical trauma, such as:
- Soft tissue injuries to the back, neck, and feet
- Hearing loss
- Vision loss
- Joint injuries, especially in knees, hips, and shoulders
- Fractures and broken bones
- Respiratory illnesses
- Burns that result in permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Traumatic brain injury and other head injuries
- Cancer and other life-threatening illnesses caused by exposure to chemicals and other toxins
- Spinal cord injuries—including paralysis
Have You Been Injured On The Job?
If you've been hurt at work on the job in Kansas City you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.