According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 12 million employees working in the manufacturing industry at the start of 2017. Unfortunately, some of these workers may be hurt in a jobsite accident, which underlines the importance of preventing workplace accidents across all industries throughout the state of California. However, there are a number of safety concerns that are especially common in manufacturing, such as exposure to toxic chemicals and machinery that is not maintained correctly.
During 2015, the BLS says that over 350 workers passed away in a manufacturing accident. Worse yet, this represents an increase in comparison to 2012, when 328 workers passed away, and 2013, when 312 lost their lives. Not only is the loss of life a major concern, but many accidents leave workers with serious injuries. Over the course of 2015, there were 3.8 illnesses and injuries reported for every 100 people who worked in the manufacturing industry on a full-time basis.
Clearly, a large number of manufacturing workers have suffered work-related injuries and even passed away in accidents that occurred while they were carrying out their job responsibilities. Unfortunately, many of these accidents were preventable and took place because of negligence or carelessness. For example, machinery that is not maintained properly or workers who have not had sufficient training may increase the chances of something going wrong.
Sadly, these accidents will continue to happen regardless of the precautionary measures that are taken. For those who are hurt in a manufacturing incident, or any other type of jobsite mishap, workers’ compensation could be valuable.