As an assembly line worker, your job responsibilities are clear. You know what to do, when to do it and how to work in the most efficient manner possible.
However, what may not be as clear, is the steps you can take to maintain your safety when working on an assembly line.
Here are some of the many dangers to beware of:
- Repetitive stress injuries: Doing the same thing, day in and day out, allows you to become comfortable with your job. However, it can also put stress on a particular part of your body, such as your wrists, shoulders or knees. Over time, a repetitive stress injury has the potential to worsen, thus making it difficult to do your job.
- Machinery: Any type of machinery has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. For example, the manufacturing of motor vehicles requires the use of all types of heavy equipment. It doesn’t matter if you work directly with the machinery or simply in close proximity, you must have knowledge of proper safety procedures.
- Transportation accidents: When working on an assembly line, there’s a good chance that forklifts will be operating somewhere in your work space. Furthermore, you may even find yourself driving one of these vehicles. Either way, proper safety protocol is a must.
- Dangerous chemicals: Depending on the type of assembly line you work on, you may come in contact with toxic chemicals. These can cause harm in many ways, such as burning your skin, causing cancer or burning your respiratory system. It’s a must to avoid exposure, as even one instance can cause a serious reaction.
Even if you have many years of experience working on an assembly line, don’t become so comfortable that you overlook the steps you should take from a safety perspective.
If you suffer an injury at work, stop what you’re doing and immediately report the incident to your supervisor. Not only does this make it clear that you were injured on the job, but they can also help you receive medical care.
Should your injury be so severe that it keeps you out of work, it’s time to file a workers’ compensation claim.