The U.S. Department of Labor explains that the majority of general industry accidents are slips, trips, and falls. As a matter of fact, such accidents are second only to motor vehicle accidents on the list of accidental death causes.
Such mishaps are preventable and avoidable, however. Enough preparation and a genuine concern for workers’ safety can lower or eliminate the risks. But all of your employees must take part in making this possible; if they are not careful, they may expose themselves to risks despite all the guidelines, tests, and precautions that are in place.
The Work Area
The floor is definitely of major importance. Sometimes, spills or even rain or snow can make the floor very slippery; it may also become slippery while dry if there is powder or wood dust on the surface. Walking surfaces that are uneven may also result in accidents. Before anything else, your work area should be checked for safety. And it’s not just the floor, either; inspections and corrections should apply to everything, from the floor to the equipment. Faulty equipment can also result in dangerous situations. If you can’t take the equipment or materials for inspections, it’s possible to get mobile onsite testing in GA, such as from ConsolidatedRiggingAndLifting.com. Technicians will visit your site for the inspection.
Employees themselves should be proactive in keeping their work areas safe. Safety training and seminars are a good idea if you want them guided by professionals on how to keep themselves and each other protected. Your safety program will only work if your people cooperate and include safety in the company culture.
Properly trained employees use PPEs (personal protective equipment). They also do not wait for other people to clean up a spill on the floor, report abnormal noises coming from equipment, or stack pallets too high.
If your company culture includes safety as a major concern, it becomes a way of life. Eventually, you can reduce or totally eliminate risks in your workplace.