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The serious dangers of manufacturing machinery

If you work in the manufacturing industry, you likely know about the dangers associated with moving parts in machinery. However, you might not have seen or experienced firsthand any of the gruesome injuries that can result from being caught in a manufacturing machine. Workers' compensation in Illinois covers the medical expenses of those injured in workplace accidents. The best treatment, however, is to try to keep an accident from occurring at all.

According to the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia, you may face the following dangers from machinery:

  • Loose clothing or gloves becoming entangled in the machine
  • Jewelry getting caught in moving parts
  • Long hair being pulled by machinery

The injuries caused by these types of mishaps are nothing to laugh about - fractures and amputations are some of the most common. For example, in one instance a man lost parts of several fingers when his glove became caught in a trim saw he was working with. In another, a woman suffered serious injuries when her hair got tangled in an automatic screw machine.

Most employers enforce safety standards around manufacturing equipment. These include wearing clothing that fits close to the body, tucking in shirts and buttoning cuffs or wearing short-sleeved shirts. You might be instructed to not wear gloves, or to only use gloves that are approved for the equipment you're working with. If you have long hair, including facial hair, you might be required to tie or clip it back or to use a hair net. Additionally, you should always use the safety guards that are installed on the equipment. This information should not replace the advice of a lawyer if you are injured and need help filing a workers' compensation claim.

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