Homerville is home to several factories. Plant and factory work offers residents secure employment complete with a steady paycheck, but it also poses many workplace accident and injury risks.
Workers’ compensation is there to help ensure your medical and financial security in the wake of a work accident. However, most people would agree that it is always better to avoid an injury in the first place. One of the best ways of avoiding an injury is to learn about your risks.
Injury statistics associated with manufacturing
Most factory work involves the manufacturing of products or parts. According to the most recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Severe Injury Reporting Program, manufacturing stands out as one of the most dangerous American jobs. Below are several critical statistics from the report.
- Out of more than 7,600 work injury hospitalizations, 26% involved manufacturing.
- Out of 2,644 work injury amputations, 57% worked in manufacturing.
- Industries such as paper, wood and metal manufacturing experienced a large volume of severe injuries.
The report also included examples of specific injuries. In one example, a chocolate factory worker’s arm was mangled after a conveyor started by itself. In another example, a meat processing plant worker lost both arms when cleaning a machine that started by itself.
When looking at these examples, it is easy to see why workers’ compensation is vital to America’s workforce. Unfortunately, many employees with valid claims are not able to get the benefits they need. If this happens to you or a loved one, reach out for help in getting the compensation to which you are entitled.