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Safety Tips for the Manufacturing Industry

All Safety Directors have plans in place to educate and train employees on safety in the workplace. There are many situations and variables to think about when creating a specific company’s training matrix.  Many procedures change over time so each process needs to be reviewed regularly to make sure, employees are being trained, and informed about all safety procedures.  The better educated employees are, the safer the workplace will be.  When companies show their employees that safety matters their productivity will increase. 

The Ohio BWC has great resources for companies in Ohio.  Check out the local Bureau of Workers’ Compensation website and resources in your area.  Contact your local BWC consultant to find out more about the programs, media and resources available for your company.  Many of the resources are free or a low cost.

Here are a few facts the Ohio BWC shares about the Manufacturing Industry:  

  • Each year, approximately 18,000 employees in the manufacturing industry sustain injuries that result in workers’ compensation claims.
  • Each year, an average of 18 Ohioans in the manufacturing industry lose their lives due to occupational injuries or illnesses.
  • Approximately 15% of worker’s compensation claims result eight or more days away from work and cost an average of $29,000 per claim.
  • Slips, trips and falls and overexertion are the primary causes for 55% of all injuries that result in eight or more days away from work.

Take time to review your company’s safety policies and procedures.  Make sure you are putting employee safety first.  Talk to employees about their concerns and work out a plan to make their workplace safe.  Employee safety matters.

Click on the link to read more about manufacturing industry injuries.  https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/home/current/MediaSite/SafetyCampaign/flyers/Manufacturing.pdf