As the person in charge of workplace safety in your facility, you may be dealing with the proposed costs of implementing certain safety efforts, such as training and audits, and your allotted budget.
Collectively, the price of inaction where workplace safety is concerned has the potential to reach into billions … on a weekly basis.
Understanding the cost of workplace accidents, injuries, illness and even death is far, far more expensive in lives and workers’ compensation costs than conducting safety training and audits, so we offer safety suggestions that are both easy and cost-effective:
1. Educate Workers On Correct Posture
More than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and account for one of every five workplace injuries. One-fourth of all workers’ compensation claims involves back injuries.
When you educate your workers on proper lifting techniques, this prevents a considerable amount of stress and strain on workers’ bodies. You might also want to consider putting a maximum weight limit for any single lift, and also creating different percentiles of maximum weights for male and female workers.
2. Provide Safety Goggles For Workers In Hazardous Areas
For your employees who work in hazardous areas with the potential for flying objects, providing safety goggles is a low-cost solution to a very big problem.
Every day, an estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur and thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have easily been prevented had they been given the proper protection.
Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses and workers’ compensation. However, it’s reported that 90% of eye injuries are preventable through the use of proper protective eyewear.
Safety goggles offer the best protection for eyes, above face shields and welding helmets. Be sure to check the goggles you have on hand for any scratches or marks that reduce vision and cause glare as this could contribute to workplace accidents.
3. Warn Workers Of Trip Hazards Before They Begin Working
Slips, trips and falls still constitute the majority of workplace accidents and 15% of all accidental deaths.
Before the workday begins, scan the work area for any trip hazards and get rid of as many as possible. This prevents the chance of workers tripping and falling, which results in fewer workplace injuries.
Look for loose flooring and carpeting, clutter, electrical cords, open desk drawers and filing cabinets. Keep walkways and stairs clear of scrap and debris, coil up extension cords, lines and hoses when not in use.
It’s a continuous effort to make workers more aware and cautious of hazardous surroundings. This is a relatively free safety effort that has the potential to save a lot of lives, so it’s worth the extra few minutes it takes to review work areas for hazards and relay them to your workers.
4. Provide Gloves For Workers Who Need Hand Protection
Reports indicate that more than 25% of all workplace accidents involve hand and finger injuries. Each disabling hand injury costs as much as $26,000. In 70% of hand injuries in manufacturing operations, workers were not wearing gloves.
Safety gloves protect worker’s hands that are exposed to hazards such as harmful substances, severe cuts or lacerations, severe abrasions, punctures, chemical burns, thermal burns and extreme temperatures.
Remember that the type of glove matters and should have performance characteristics that match the job. Gloves that are too bulky or loose could slow productivity or be hazardous around certain equipment.
Even though the above safety tips are low-cost solutions, they ultimately have big payoffs for the well-being of your workers and your company’s bottom line.
Ready to learn more about cost-effective solutions to creating workplace safety in your facility? Call 800-523-5367 or click on the button below to speak with a workplace safety specialist at Arbill.