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Safety precautions can prevent a manufacturing accident

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, most workplace injuries are preventable. The owners of industrial facilities in Arizona must comply with safety regulations to protect the health and safety of employees. Disregard of safety rules can cause a manufacturing accident with devastating consequences. Collaboration between employers and employees can protect workers and company profits.

Safety training is essential, and it must cover safe operation of equipment and also equip workers with basic first-aid knowledge, which could save a co-worker's life. Providing the appropriate personal protective equipment is also crucial. Safety glasses, gloves, aprons and boots can prevent contact with hazardous chemicals, and applicable safeguards and lockout/tag-out devices on machinery can avoid contact with dangerous moving parts.

The presence of signs throughout industrial facilities will be constant reminders of safety issues, and it might avoid complacency. Safety authorities also urge business owners to offer incentives to workers who promote safety by reporting potential hazards, rather than providing incentives for increased production. The latter might cause disregard of safety regulations in order to avoid slowing down production.

Any Arizona worker who is suffering the consequences of a manufacturing accident might find comfort in knowing that the workers' compensation insurance program will cover medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. An injured worker must report an injury to a supervisor as soon as possible. This will set the ball rolling for a benefits claim. Workers may even utilize the skills of experienced workers' compensation attorneys to assist with the complicated administrative and legal steps of the claims process.

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