Manufacturing is one of the most widespread industry sectors in Britain. According to the Health & Safety Executives (HSE), the sector employs an estimated 2.5m staff within the UK. The industry is extremely widespread, with its nature of producing goods, different industries can include the production of food, drink, furniture, electronics, plastics, paper and many more.
HSE figures have revealed that between 2012-17, there were on average 22 reported deaths of those working within the UK’s manufacturing sector. There were also more than 3,100 reports of major injuries and approximately 4,100 reports of injuries that kept workers away from work for seven days or more.
One recent case reported to the HSE involved a member of staff at a manufacturing firm getting the sleeve of their coat stuck in a food mixer. With the force of the machine the employee got dragged in which resulted in broken ribs, a collapsed lung and large blood clots.
Another real-life case involved a worker at a plastic manufacturing firm suffering life threatening injuries. After being