The Importance of Safety in Manufacturing
From rolling parts to sharp blades, working with machinery in a manufacturing facility opens employees up to the risk of injury, which can put them out of work and disrupt your operations. Machines can cause:1
- Crushed fingers or hands
Manufacturing Safety Statistics
In 2019, there were 421,400 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the manufacturing industry.2 The injury rate was 2.6 cases per 100 full-time employees.3 When it comes to injuries involving days away from work, there were 90.7 cases per 10,000 employees.4 Some of these injuries included:5
- Sprains, strains and tears: 25.4 cases per 10,000 employees
- Cuts and lacerations: 10.5 cases per 10,000 employees
- Amputations: 2.2 cases per 10,000 employees
Using Machine Safety to Create Safer Workplaces
Workplace and machine safety is one of the reasons why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created “Safe and Sound Week.” Held each August, the agency invites businesses to participate in promoting workplace safety. A successful program can “proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line.”6 OSHA states any machine part or function that can cause injury must be safeguarded.
Partnering With an Insurer on Manufacturing Safety
Manufacturers are unique and use a variety of machines in different ways. So, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all machine safety plan. It’s a good idea to do a risk assessment to identify what machines need guarding. These assessments can also provide specific recommendations that can help keep employees safe.
Some insurance companies can help with this. The Hartford’s Risk Engineering consultants partner with manufacturers to help assess risks and prevent losses before they ever occur.
“It starts with a risk engineering consultant reviewing the production floor to develop a tailored plan. This helps improve efficiencies and ultimately creates a safer work environment,” said Brian Kramer, head of Global Manufacturing at The Hartford.
It’s an approach that The Hartford prides itself on to help businesses run safer and more efficient operations. Carl Carano, head of Risk Engineering at The Hartford, said the team operates on a service philosophy that focuses on return of investment for clients.
“We put ourselves in our customer’s shoes and we look at their organization from end to end,” Carano explained. “And what we’re bringing is a different lens – a consultative approach to how we do business.”
Here are three cases where investing in manufacturing safety led to a positive return on investment: