An assembly line worker is an employee who commonly works in a manufacturing plant overseeing the production of goods. Some places that employ assembly workers include auto manufacturers, furniture plants and large appliance companies. Regardless of where an employee works, it is important to be aware of the occupational risks and hazards of the job.
Due to the nature of the job, assembly line workers are more at risk of getting injured than, for example, office workers. Here are some of the most common assembly line worker injuries in Illinois.
Repetitive stress injuries
Because assembly line workers perform many of the same functions every day, all day long, they are especially at risk for repetitive stress injuries. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a specific type of RSI that develops in the hands and arms. A manufacturing worker can acquire carpal tunnel syndrome if they spend a lot of time moving items back and forth from the conveyor belt.
Slips and falls
Assembly line workers sometimes work around products that contain liquids, especially in places such as food manufacturing plants. If liquid spills on the floor and nobody gets a chance to clean it up, those working near the spill are at risk of slipping, falling and injuring themselves. The risk becomes even higher if the employee works at night or in other low-light conditions.
When employees and employers are aware of the most common injuries in their line of work, they can take steps to prevent those injuries and create a safer workplace for everyone.