While most individual industries are subject to strict safety regulations enforced by government agencies, many accidents in the workplace are the result of human error. Preventing accidents caused by human error is something that is easily overlooked as employers don’t have any legal guidelines to meet.
Many times, employers urge employees to rush work to meet deadlines and this can result in workers not paying close attention to tasks. Meanwhile, employers or managers often just aren’t aware of some of the hazards present in the work environment.
It’s time to make safety your number one priority. Here are 7 top tips for preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace:
1. Regularly Tidy And Clean Workspaces
While some may struggle to see the link between cleanliness and a reduction in accident rates, keeping a workplace tidy can significantly diminish the risk of injury.
An unclean, cluttered working area makes it more difficult for workers to move around safely and exposes them to more hazards. The importance of ensuring computer cables and telephone cords are properly routed through cable channels can not be overstated. Cables are a major tripping hazard.
Regardless of whether the work environment in an office cubicle, reception desk, or manufacturing warehouse, keeping the area and surfaces well-maintained will decrease the risk of accidents. In a recent interview, Attorney Marc. S. Albert explained how simple precautionary practices go a long way when it comes to preventing accidents.
2. Install High-Quality Proper Signage
It’s crucial that employees install hard-wearing, highly-visible signs in key production line areas to remind employees of the need to follow proper safety procedures.
3. Keep Company Vehicles Maintained
For employees that provide workers with company vehicles, it’s vital that said vehicles undergo regular inspection and maintenance. The cars should be serviced on a routine basis.
While keeping company vans maintained seems obvious, data from Bankrate shows that the cost of accidents caused by lapsed vehicle maintenance procedures exceeds $2 billion annually.
4. Reports All Accidents And Hazards
Many employees don’t release the importance of reporting minor accidents such as work-related shoulder injury or back injury but reporting is important as it can result in changes to prevent any future injuries. Any identified hazards should also be brought to the attention of the management.
5. Offer Proper Training
All employees need to receive proper training for their positions. They should be trained on safety protocols and how to properly operate any equipment they need to use for their work. Just speak with any personal injury attorney, and they’ll tell you how important it is to provide adequate training.
6. Ensure Adequate Equipment
All employees also need to be supplied with any safety equipment necessary for their job, such as gloves, boots, safety harnesses, etc. Employees should never be allowed to carry out work without proper equipment.
7. Don’t Cut Corners
A lot of workplace accidents are the result of workers taking short cuts as opposed to them being ignorant of core safety protocols. Once a worker gets familiar with certain tasks, it’s can be tempting to take shortcuts when under pressure.
An employee, for example, might decide to climb up a storage rack without wearing a safety harness if they only need one item and know that putting on the correct gear takes a lot of time. The truth is that taking the time to put on safety gear no matter how small the task can prevent a life-threatening accident.
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