Accidents are likely to happen in factories all over the United Kingdom. These accidents are likely to happen in factories that manufacture drink and food, engineering, construction materials, ceramics, pharmaceuticals, and even silver jewellery. A factory worker normally: assembles goods, uses forklift trucks, cleans work areas, grades batches of raw materials, and monitors production processes, among other responsibilities. These skills require the use of bodily tasks, which often lead to injuries and accidents in the workplace.
One of the first steps for the factory worker in safeguarding against accidents is having access to the right information. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have guidelines for employers and employees so that both parties can stick to these rules and regulations regarding safety and health.
For his or her part, the employee should take care of his or her own safety and health and that of people that may be affected by what the employee does or does not do. The employee must also cooperate with other people on safety and health. The employee should also not misuse or interfere with anything provided for his or her welfare, safety, or health.
The employer must inform the employees about risks to the employees’ safety and health from proposed or current work practices. The employer must also inform on changes or things that could harm or affect workers’ safety and health. The employer must also tell the employees on: things to do in an emergency, getting first aid treatment, what is done to protect employees’ safety and health, and how to let the employees do their jobs in safe manner that would minimize or avoid accidents.
Free of charge, the employer should also provide the employers adequate training to ensure that he or she does her job safely. The employer should also provide protection like boots, shoes, clothing, ear and eye protection, masks, gloves, and other protection implements. The employer should also provide health checks if the employee’s health has been compromised because of work. The employer must also provide regular health checks if the employee works at night and a health check before the employee starts working.
Accidents in the factory may lead to debilitating injuries wherein the worker can be handicapped for life or even lose his or her life. When injuries happen, it is important for the injured worker to avail of compensation from his or her employer that led to the workplace accident.
Both the employer and the employee have to be vigilant when it comes to safety in the workplace. Aside from ensuring safety and making sure the factory equipment can be handled safely, the employers must also undertake risk assessment surveys on the factory combined with what sort of objects can cause employees harm. Determining precautions to protect employees from risk of accident or injury is also important.
While laws are in place to protect factory workers, there may also be errant employees that show disregard for workers’ safety. Whenever that happens, legal options are always available. However, to avoid legal issues, workers and employers must be initially aware of safety guidelines.