Employees, regardless of where they work, should expect to be able to get their work done in the safest manner possible without worry. However, workplace accidents are quite common as more than 2 million workers are severely injured every year to the point that they cannot return to work.
These five practices make a significant difference in accident prevention. Supervisors should make sure that these practices are in place, but employees are responsible for following them.
1. No shortcuts. It is the end of the day, and you are ready to go home, but you still have a job to finish up. In this situation, it can be extremely tempting to take shortcuts to get things done as quickly as possible; however, when people rush, they tend to bypass small safety measures, leading to accidents. No matter what, always follow instructions exactly and never skip over safety!
2. Vehicle inspections. Workplace driving accidents cost employers an average of $60 billion a year, according to OSHA. If your employees commonly drive to job sites, you must have all vehicles inspected each month, and before heading out to the worksite, have employees check break lights, tire pressure, and gas.
3. Weather awareness. Outdoor and indoor work may involve exposure to extreme conditions. Both extreme heat and extreme cold can have an impact on health. When working in the cold, dress in plenty of layers and cover exposed parts of the body, especially the head, feet, hands and face, which are most susceptible to frostbite. When working in the heat, wear looser-fitting clothing and take frequent breaks in a shady or cooler area, drinking plenty of water.
4. PPE. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is essential in preventing injuries. Always wear your PPE, and wear it properly. Your PPE may include hard hats, goggles or other face protection, gloves, earplugs, safety boots and more.
5. Good housekeeping. Small messes like spills, spread out papers, debris and other clutter may seem like no big deal, but they can actually lead to accidents and injuries such as slips, trips and even fires. Work areas should be kept tidy and organized, halls and walkways should be kept clear of obstacles, and spills should be thoroughly cleaned immediately.
It is important to know how to handle an accident or emergency when it arises, but the best thing you can do is have these accident prevention measure in place, so you hopefully wont have to handle any.
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