Every job comes with its own risks to your safety and health, though in varying degrees. Construction may get the most attention when it comes to workplace hazards, but that does not mean it is the only industry high in danger. One that people often overlook is food production.
From processing to packing, duties in the food industry can lead to accident and injury. Be aware of these common hazards for employees in food production so you can recognize when you may have a workers’ compensation claim.
Industry standards require specific temperature settings in the manufacturing of food products. You may work in high heat and humidity or in freezing temperatures, putting you at risk for heat illness or frostbite. Furthermore, contacting extremely hot or cold equipment can result in burns.
Your job may expose you to dangerous chemicals. Some may not be outright toxic but can be harmful if you accidentally ingest them, get them in your eye or have repeated exposure to them. Become familiar with the chemicals present in your plant, their contents and warnings. Handle all substances with the highest safety and care.
Slipping on wet surfaces is common and often leads to sprains or strains. Other risks are getting caught in machinery, suffering damage to the ear drums from severe noise and cutting yourself with tools. Even electrocution is probable. Risk of accident increases when you are under the pressure of time.
If your job requires lifting heavy objects, you may end up hurting your back or knees. Long shifts involving standing can lead to exhaustion and foot problems. Repeated motions can cause disabling injuries over time. Proper lifting and work gear can help.
Following production regulations and safety procedures is the best way to prevent bodily harm. Although you are accountable for your actions, your employer is accountable for ensuring a hazard-free workplace. In fact, being responsible for an accident and injury does not disqualify you from seeking workers’ compensation benefits.