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Manufacturing poses risk of injury to workers in part because of its use of power-driven machines and heavy equipment. Manufacturing accidents occur when employees work in unsafe conditions, with faulty machinery and equipment and without safety precautions. Manufacturing accidents can leave disabled workers unable to continue to earn a living,and they can even be fatal.

When a manufacturing plant, factory or mill worker in Kentucky is injured or dies in a work-related accident, workers’ compensation benefits are supposed to assist the worker and/or the family. But many who need workers’ compensation benefits must fight for compensation that adequately meets their needs.

That’s where the Frank Jenkins Law Firm can help. For assistance with your Kentucky workers’ compensation case, contact the Frank Jenkins Law Office today at 859-389-9344 or through our online contact form.

Manufacturing Accident Hazards

Kentucky employs about 216,000 people in manufacturing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS reported 324 manufacturing fatalities across the country in 2011 and a total of 455,600 nonfatal manufacturing injuries.

The BLS says that the manufacturing sector accounted for 30.3 percent of all private industry occupational illnesses in 2011. There were 47,100 cases of nonfatal occupation illness among manufacturing workers in the United States in 2011. Though 25,500 are identified only as “all other illnesses,” occupational illnesses in manufacturing jobs also included:

  • 14,200 cases of hearing loss
  • 5,300 skin diseases or disorders
  • 1,900 respiratory conditions
  • 200 poisonings.

The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Program reported 28 workplace fatalities caused by accidents in the state in 2012. Among these fatal workplace accidents, the Kentucky OSH report specifically cites accidental deaths in fabricated metal product manufacturing; stone, clay, glass and concrete manufacturing; paper, printing and publishing manufacturing; and in industrial machinery, electronics and instruments.

Violations of OSHA rules contribute to many job-related accidents at manufacturing plants in Kentucky and across the country.The Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violations for October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2012, are:

  • Fall protection
  • Hazard communication
  • Scaffolding
  • Respiratory protection
  • Lockout / tagout (safeguarding access to potentially dangerous machinery)
  • Powered industrial trucks
  • Ladders, construction
  • Electrical, wiring methods
  • Machines, general requirements
  • Electrical system design.

Manufacturing plant owners, operators and supervisors are obligated to ensure that their work sites are safe, that their employees are trained and that workers have been issued properly functioning safety equipment.

If you have suffered a serious injury at a manufacturing plant, factory, mill or similar work site, you could have a right to compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. This includes future lost wages if you have suffered a partial or total disability that is permanent. A Kentucky workers’ compensation attorney experienced with manufacturing accidents can assist your efforts to obtain the workers’ compensation benefits that you and your family need and deserve.

Hurt in a Factory? Call Our Lexington Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

If you or a loved one needs legal assistance in the pursuit of a workers’ comp claim after a manufacturing accident, or if you have concerns about a denied claim, contact our experienced Lexington workers’ compensation attorneys today at 859-389-9344 or use our online contact form.

We assist injured factory, plant and mill workers in Lexington and the surrounding communities of Berea, Georgetown, Nicholasville, Paris, Richmond, Versailles and Winchester, as well as throughout Eastern Kentucky and across the state.