Scrap metal is a problem that affects many manufacturing companies. Some production processes naturally produce a large amount of scrap metal that may end up lying around a facility for lengthy periods and end up getting rusty and dangerous.
Instead of trying to move their own scrap metal, these companies should get professional help. Failure to get assistance from scrap metal recycling experts could result in a company's employees getting injured, contracting rust contamination, or even pursuing a lawsuit against their employer.
Moving Scrap Metal Without Training Is Risky
The large volume of scrap metal produced in many manufacturing facilities is likely to get in the way of the building process. For example, small, medium, or large metal shavings could get underfoot in a facility and cause workers to trip. Some shavings could even end up in a machine and cause malfunction.
As a result, managers of manufacturing companies may be compelled to ask their employees to move this junk metal to a new location in the facility or to take the metal leftovers to a recycling company nearby. However, a business trying to do its own metal movement may be putting themselves and their employees at risk.
For example, improper lifting procedures when moving metal could cause serious back injuries and pain. Even worse, a person moving scrap metal without special training could cut themselves or even get exposed to problematic minerals and contaminants such as rust.
An employee in this situation may feel compelled to pursue a lawsuit against their employer. Their reasoning for this lawsuit likely centers on the fact that moving scrap metal is not part of their job duties and that movement of dangerous or contaminated items is not a reasonable experience for their position.
In this scenario, an injured individual could point to the lack of suitable lifting training as an extenuating circumstance in their injury. And those who suffer from rust exposure could have an even stronger case against their employers.
Rust May Cause Health Issues
Rust contamination can be a problematic situation. For example, an employee moving rusty scrap metal may stir up rust dust that floats through the air and lands on their eyes. The rust could then irritate their eye or even damage its surface if the employee lets it linger or rubs it into the eye by accident.
Unfortunately, some employees may even inhale some rust particles and cause severe irritation and other side effects; they may also develop symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia after rust exposure. Even worse, somebody who gets rust into their bloodstream could catch tetanus, a severe disease that must be treated immediately.
If an individual's rust exposure came while performing duties that were outside their line of work, a judge may easily rule in their favor in a personal injury lawsuit. Unfortunately for the manufacturer, this type of personal injury lawsuit can be devastating.
In fact, even companies that have liability coverage could end up losing employees who hear about unsafe conditions in their facility. The ensuing loss of reputation could also affect a company's bottom line and production productivity.
Get Professional Help
Scrap metal relocation and recycling experts are fully trained to understand how to move rusty scrap metal without causing contamination. These experts are also skilled at turning this old metal into new products and may even pay a manufacturing company a small fee for their metal.
As a result, manufacturing companies that can't get a handle on their scrap metal byproducts should contact Monterrey Iron & Metal to get help. We will get rid of dangerous scrap metal.