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Reducing risks at chemical plants

Chemical manufacturing plants in North Carolina can pose multiple risks. Both employers and employees should be aware of the kinds of injuries that can occur and what factors contribute to them.

Chemicals can be inflammable and lethal. Typical chemical plant injuries can include chemical burns, chemical exposure and the inhalation of chemicals. Employees can also sustain abrasions, cuts, overexertion and trips and falls.

The main contributing factors to accidents at chemical plants are human errors and complacency, insufficient training and safety equipment that receive poor maintenance. In order to prevent future accidents from taking place, it is important to know why and how the accidents occur.

Many accidents are the result of workers taking shortcuts or not adhering to the procedures established by the company. Employees who do not receive the proper safety training, such as how to correctly operate safety equipment and the appropriate procedures for unloading and loading items, may be more inclined than others to try to complete their job tasks faster by taking shortcuts. Employees who use equipment that receive poor maintenance are also likely to suffer accidents on the job as equipment that is not properly maintained can malfunction and cause an accident when in use.

Workers who are injured while on the job may be entitled to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. These can provide a measure of financial relief, as they can include the payment or reimbursement of medical bills as well as partial wage replacement. An attorney can often be of assistance throughout the process.

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