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Most manufacturing accidents can be avoided

Workers in factories in Illinois will always be at risk of suffering occupational injuries. The level of the dangers they face will depend on their employers' commitment to providing safe work environments. Most manufacturing accidents are preventable, and workers are entitled to protection against known safety hazards. Smart employers will understand that keeping employees safe will benefit production.

Safety training is one of the most significant requirements for an efficient overall safety plan. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides guidelines for all industries, and compliance will prevent injuries and teach workers what to do in the event of a workplace accident. For this reason, many employers arrange first aid training, which could save lives or at least stabilize injured workers while waiting for first responders.

Providing the necessary safety equipment for each job is crucial. Whether workers are exposed to chemicals, electricity, dangerous working parts of machines or other hazards, eye, ear and head protection must be provided. Protective gloves and safety, non-slip shoes can give more protection. Frequent reminders of safety hazards can keep workers alert, and prevent complacency.

When manufacturing accidents do happen, victims can seek financial relief through the Illinois workers' compensation insurance program. Benefits typically include compensation for medical expenses, and the burden of lost wages can be eased by wage replacement that is usually based on the average weekly wages of the injured workers. An attorney who is experienced in dealing with the Colorado workers' compensation insurance system can assist with the complicated steps of the claims process.

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