Accidents in the workplace happen. In 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 1,122,960 non-fatal workplace accidents happened in the manufacturing sector. OSHA also commonly states the statistic of 4,500 workers per year dying on the job.
What is particularly disturbing about the number above is that of these 1.2 million workers who were hurt, the number of workers out of commission for more than a month (I.E. took more than 31 days to recover) was 314,530. With such a significant skills gap in the manufacturing field, we need as many skilled workers on deck as possible, so over 310k people off the job is scary.
Shop Floor Automations spoke to Phil Mendelowitz, who is a workplace safety, compliance, and leadership advisor with over 25 years of manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution experience. Phil is part of WarehouseFlow Advisors and runs a popular safety blog called WitzShared. He shared further insight on keeping safe in a manufacturing environment. Click “read more” or scroll down for the rest of this story!