Harrisonburg Virginia Workers’ Compensation | Plastics Industry Accidents
The number of plastic manufacturing companies has been on the rise in recent years, especially in the Harrisonburg, Rockingham County region. Winchester and Frederick County Virginia also has a high incidence of injuries occurring at plastics manufacturing facilities.
Work Injuries in the Plastics Industry
Like many industries, the plastics industry sees its fair share of work injuries. Primary causes of injuries in the plastics industry include:
- machine malfunctions
- knife injuries
- slips and falls
Chemical Injuries in the Plastics Industry
Plastics manufacturing often uses chemicals as part of the process. Chemicals are added to the product or may be created as a by-product, such as fumes.
Many plastics manufacturers complete regular assessments to determine how plastics are used and how workers may be exposed to chemicals. Plastics manufacturing chemicals often affect the worker through:
- absorption through the skin
Nearly 14% of all reported accidents in plastics manufacturing facilities are due to contact with moving machinery. Frequently, injuries occur as a result of defective or malfunctioning machinery.
Because hand knives are widely used in the plastics industry, they account for a large number of injuries to plastics workers. Reasons for knife injuries include:
- using the wrong knife for the task
- not having the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the task
- poor lighting
- insufficient training for staff to ensure they are using knives correctly
Slips and Falls
Work-related slips and trips cause approximately 19% of all injuries reported in plastics manufacturing companies. These work injuries cost employers significant amounts of money each year.
Slips can be a result of one or a combination of the following:
- water and other fluids
- waste plastic film
- plastic granules
- poor cleaning and housekeeping
Harrisonburg Virginia Plastics Manufacturing Companies
Plastics manufacturing companies in Harrisonburg Virginia include:
- Packaging Corp of America
- Blue Ridge Rubber and Industrial
- SIBO Group
- Sunlite Plastics
- Intrapac Harrisonburg
Talk To A Virginia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you’ve been injured on the job as an employee at a plastics manufacturing company, it’s important that you know the pitfalls of the Virginia workers’ compensation process. Do you know what you need to do to make sure they don’t take advantage of you?
Talking with a lawyer as you begin the workers’ compensation process is always a good idea. A lawyer who has experience handling Virginia workers’ compensation cases can help you navigate this complex area.
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