Young workers in search of jobs and those in full-swing careers alike probaby wonder what their industries might look like in the future. Keeping a close eye on the outlook of one’s field of work is a measure many American employees take to best adjust to change. When it comes to the manufacturing industry, should South Carolina workers expect to see better safety precautions, and ultimately better working conditions?  

Plant Engineering magazine considered this topic in a piece on the safety of the nation’s manufacturing jobs, noting some potential red flags. Perhaps the most apparent, chemicals can pose significant danger if not properly contained or labeled. Employers should also outline clear instructions on how to use the various chemicals used on the job. Another inherent risk in manufacturing work involves heavy equipment and machinery; just one misstep and an accident could occur. Confined spaces, according to Plant Engineering, can also create dangers since they can cut off oxygen quickly. Employers should educate their employees on the possible dangers that come with, for instance, working around a tank or a vat.

Not all manufacturing jobs can pose threats to workers, but Industry Week points out that potential risks still feed the stigma surrounding the industry. With its long history of tragic accidents and injuries, this field of work certainly has not won the hearts of some workers. Despite this generally negative attitude, Industry Week asserts that manufacturing is nevertheless a field that its workers can be proud of. Industry Week claims that these highly skilled and well-paying jobs could lay the foundation for notable careers, and while some may not have a favorable opinion of the industry, the workers themselves seem to find safety, security and respect in manufacturing positions.