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Training Workers on Workplace Safety

Workplace Safety Training

It’s important to have a plan in place for workplace safety, especially for sites that have heavy machinery and other equipment. This plan begins with the training of all employees, with specific training materials for each piece equipment and the various tasks of each worker. It’s a good idea to cross-train your staff as well, for optimal results in safety.

Let’s take a look at some of the sorts of things you’ll need to incorporate into the training plan.

Prioritize Workplace Safety with These Tips

Helpful tips about safety

When it comes to workplace safety, there are plenty of concerns in any given business, and the dangers often depend on the industry and type of work being done. Even so, there are plenty of general steps you can take to make sure that the safety of your workers is at the top of your list of priorities. Here are just a few.

Preventing Falls

Falls are the number one type of workplace injury, so it makes sense that this should be an area to prioritize first.

To reduce the risk of falls, you must maintain awareness at all times about the potential hazards lurking in common areas. It pays to stay tidy, as keeping walkways clear and items stored away can help eliminate tripping over items.

Mop up spills quickly and be aware of slippery conditions inside and outside when the weather is inclement. Invest in some rugs and place them strategically to catch some of the wet stuff.

Slips, Trips, and Falls at Work

Slips Trips and Falls

Slips and falls occur every day. These types of injuries and their recurrence can be minimized through proper safety knowledge and attitudes. Practice safety--don't learn it through experience. There are various ways to suffer slips and falls while working. You can slip and lose your balance, you can trip over objects left in your walkway, or you can simply fall from an elevated position above the ground. 

Machine Guarding Tips

Machine Guards

Machinery-related injuries are some of the worst in the industry today. Workers get caught in machines and suffer severe injuries such as crushed arms, legs, severed fingers, blindness, or even killed. 

Can these injuries and deaths be prevented? Of course, they can, with the proper use of machine guards. 

Mechanical hazards occur in the following areas: 

Ladder Safety

ladder safety at work

 

 Injuries in the workplace because of ladders are commonplace. About a third of all reported falls are falling from ladders. There are over 10,000 reported ladder-related injuries in the United States annually! Work-related falls from ladders resulted in approximately 360 fatalities and an estimated 151,000 serious injuries each year. 

Not all these incidents are due to defective ladders, however, that can certainly be one of the factors. It is important that ladders are inspected regularly. 

Ladder Inspection 

 Look for missing or loose cleats at the bottom. 

 Look for loose or missing screws, bolts or hardware. 

 Look for cracked, broken, split, dented or badly worn rungs, spreaders or side rails. 

 Corrosion of metal ladders. 

 

Drill Press Safety

Drill Press Safety What should you do before using a drill press? 

Drill presses can be dangerous if not used properly. 

  • Read the owner's manual carefully. 
  • Make sure you understand the instructions and are properly trained before operating a drill press. 

Forklift Seatbelts Matter

Forklift

 

 Forklift operators should always wear their seatbelts. Why? Analysis of forklift accidents reveals that the operators who were injured or killed were often not wearing seat belts. While seat belts can’t prevent accidents, they can prevent serious injuries and save lives. Here are three real accident reports that tell the story: 

Back Safety

Backpain at work

Have you ever given much thought to your back? It's there when you need it, but only if you don't abuse it. The back is made up of four major parts. The spine, nerves, muscles, and the spinal cord. There are thirty-three bones in the spine and thirty-one pairs of nerves branching out from the spinal cord. All of them must work together. If they don't, you could end up with anything from a strain to a ruptured disk, fractured vertebrae, and/or a debilitating disease like arthritis.

To help prevent back injuries we should exercise, practice good posture, eat the right foods, and watch your weight. Check with your physician or doctor for muscle strengthening exercises for the back.

Workplace Safety: Identifying the Risks

Workplace Safey

What steps has your company taken to minimize its workplace safety risks? Identifying your risks and implementing solutions to reduce them is the best way to deal proactively with the problem of workplace safety.

Workplace Safety Auditing

It can be a challenge to identify your risks when you're too close to the situation. By partnering with a professional consulting and risk management provider, you can find out exactly where your workplace safety vulnerabilities exist and what you can do to address them.

An unbiased safety auditor can inspect your workplace and identify any potential problems. A few of these issues may include:

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