Assembly line workers play an important role in New Jersey’s manufacturing industry. However, the job comes with its fair share of risks that can lead to injuries.
Some injuries are especially common among professionals who work on assembly lines.
Repetitive motion injuries
Repetitive motion injuries result from performing the same task repeatedly and often lead to strains and sprains in muscles and tendons. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common type of repetitive motion injury in the nation, affecting more than 8 million Americans. Assembly line workers and other professionals with physically demanding jobs are among those most at risk of developing carpal tunnel or experiencing other repetitive motion injuries.
Slips, trips and falls
The bustling environment of an assembly line is often a breeding ground for slips, trips and falls. Workers may step on loose materials, wet surfaces or even tools left unattended, resulting in injuries ranging from minor bruises to severe fractures.
Some assembly line jobs require the use of chemicals for cleaning, welding and other processes. Without adequate protective gear and training, workers may face exposure to harmful chemicals. Prolonged exposure may lead to skin irritations, respiratory problems or more severe health issues over time.
Noise-induced hearing loss
The constant noise generated by machinery on the assembly line may lead to noise-induced hearing loss if workers do not wear appropriate hearing protection. Prolonged exposure to high noise levels can damage the delicate structures of the inner ear, resulting in permanent hearing impairment.
Poor ergonomics in the workplace may cause musculoskeletal disorders. Workers who have to twist, bend or reach on a regular basis may develop back pain, joint problems or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Employers play an important role in minimizing the risks assembly workers face. Providing proper training and adequate safety equipment helps reduce the number of injuries suffered by today’s assembly line professionals.