Injured On The Job? Fight Back

Risk of Injuries to Factory Workers Heighten In Unsafe Working Environments

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Factories produce goods that are either sent out for consumers or used in other products that will be released to consumers or utilized by businesses. The workers in these factories are essential to the functioning of the nation’s economy and deserve to operate in a safe workplace.

When an employer doesn’t address potential safety hazards, factory workers can face significant injuries. A few of the most common include the following:

Cuts and lacerations

Sharp tools and machinery can cause cuts and lacerations for workers. While many of these are minor, others are much more serious. Having first aid options immediately available and providing information about where to seek emergency medical care are critical for helping workers remain safe.


Burns in factories can occur due to contact with hot machinery, steam, chemicals, or fire. More serious burns may require emergency medical attention and long-term care. Skin grafts and debriding are often necessary for more serious burns.

Hearing loss

Prolonged exposure to high factory noise can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. Hearing loss in factory workers may develop slowly, so they may not notice any differences in their hearing.

Musculoskeletal injuries

Factory work typically involves repetitive motions, awkward postures, and lifting heavy objects. This can lead to musculoskeletal disorders such as back injuries, tendonitis, shoulder injuries, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Respiratory issues

Inhalation of dust, chemicals, or metal particles can cause respiratory issues. These range from temporary discomfort to chronic respiratory conditions.

Crush injuries

Factory machinery can pose significant risks of crush injuries, where a body part may be caught between two heavy objects. Regular maintenance of machinery and safety training can help prevent such accidents.

Electrical shocks

Exposure to live wires, faulty equipment, or improper machinery use can lead to electrical shocks, which might result in burns, neurological damage, or even fatalities. Ensuring all electrical systems are up to code and workers are trained in electrical safety can mitigate these risks.

Factory workers who suffer from injuries on the job should be provided with prompt medical attention. Workers’ compensation should cover that expense as well as certain other expenses related to a worker’s injuries. There are very few exceptions to this general rule. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can assist in ensuring an injured worker receives the proper medical care for work-related injuries.