Texas Mutual Workers' Compensation Insurance Company - Work Safe, Texas

Manufacturing Industry
Hazards and Controls

Worker with clipboard at car assembly line

Manufacturing is a key spoke in the wheels that drive the Texas economy. In 2015, Lone Star State manufacturers exported $251 billion in goods, accounting for approximately 16 percent of U.S. exports. Much of the credit goes to the 1 million men and women the industry employs. If we want to secure manufacturing’s prominent position in the Texas economic landscape, we must protect our workers from the hazards they face on the job.

Hazard: Strains

Those seemingly minor aches and pains that won’t go away could be symptoms of serious musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs include injuries to the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs and nerves. Unsafe lifting techniques and the strain associated with standing for long periods and using repetitive motions to complete tasks are common causes of MSDs

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Hazard: Burns

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 9 out of 10 burns are caused by something other than an open flame. In the manufacturing industry, employees are risk of burns when they handle hazardous chemicals, conduct welding operations and come into contact with hot objects, liquids, steam and vapors.

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Hazard: Struck-by, Caught In-between Injuries

Manufacturing shops are busy places. Suspended loads, elevated work areas, machines with moving parts, and forklifts and other powered industrial vehicles increase workers’ risk of struck-by/caught in-between accidents.

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Hazard: Noise

Hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the U.S. Workers in the manufacturing industry are at risk because they spend long days sharing workspace with loud machines. The bad news is that once you’ve lost your hearing, you can’t get it back. The good news is that hearing loss is 100 percent preventable.

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Hazard: Cuts, Punctures, Scrapes

Of all the tools you use at work, your hands are the most important. Handling scrap materials, using damaged tools and failing to wear gloves are just a few of the factors that put you at risk of cuts, punctures and scrapes.

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We must protect our workers from the hazards they face on the job.