Maryland’s Domino Sugar plant has experienced several manufacturing accidents in recent years. A forklift operator was killed after suffering injuries to his head when he fell off the forklift and was then run over by it. A state labor official commented that forklift operators are not required to wear seat belts depending on what type of forklift is being used. Prior to this, Domino Sugar was fined by state officials when it allowed sugar dust to accumulate in the factor, which was blamed for a huge explosion that blew out windows and destroyed equipment. And, earlier in the decade, a Domino Sugar employee was killed when he was doused in calcium hydroxide which was being used to clean heavy equipment.
Employees who work in manufacturing positions are often subject to dangerous work conditions. Thousands of such workers are injured every year because of defective or improperly maintained equipment or poor training. An experienced Maryland, Washington, D.C. or Virginia personal injury lawyer can help you file worker compensation claims or take additional steps to help you receive compensation for your injuries.
One of the most important things that employers can do to prevent manufacturing accidents is to have a training program in place for all of their employees.
Finally, employers should hold safety meetings at regular intervals, perhaps monthly, to discuss ways to improve, to commend proper safety habits, and to enforce the rules by punishing infractions. Employees are unlikely to adhere to safety rules if they see that the employer does not appear to care about safety. Be serious about being safe.
For more information on preventing manufacturing accidents, contact an experienced Maryland, Washington, D.C. or Virginia personal injury attorney if you are injured in a manufacturing accident or are concerned for your workplace safety.