No matter what type of manufacturing work you do, that work can put you at risk. The tools that you use for assembly could also be the cause of injury. Lifting heavy machinery or products can strain your muscles. The repeated motions you perform on an assembly line could cause painful conditions over time. These injuries are more common than many people think, and they impact thousands of workers every year.
What injuries do manufacturing workers commonly experience?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 15% of nonfatal workplace injuries in 2019 were reported by workers in the manufacturing industry. The most common injuries experienced by manufacturing workers include:
- Sprains, strains and tears—Due to the physical demands of work in the manufacturing industry, 28% of injuries to manufacturing workers are sprains, strains and tears.
- Pain—14.5% of injuries in the manufacturing industry involve pain and soreness. This is often caused by the wear and tear that repetitive motion or vibrating machinery can have on their muscles and joints.
- Cuts and punctures—13.3% of injuries sustained by workers in the manufacturing industry involve cuts, punctures and other abrasions.
What can workers do after experiencing a work-related injury or condition?
When a person’s work impacts their health, it can put significant strain on their finances. Not only do workers face healthcare costs, their condition may also leave them without the ability to perform their job. Thankfully, injured workers may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim to help them offset the impact of healthcare and lost wages related to their injury.