It’s the middle of an average work day. You’re at your desk, stressed and upset about something. And then the unthinkable…You feel a deep chest pain that buckles your knees. The elephant in the room is now on your chest. You need immediate help. But knowing your coworkers as you do, could any of them save you?
On the anniversary of the tragedies that occurred on September 11, 2001, we can’t help but think about how the world has changed since that day from a safety standpoint. Homeland Security, air travel restrictions, security scanners, even government review of Internet activity are all part of the post 9/11 world. And as we reflect and honor the lives lost, the innocent victims, especially those who rushed towards danger on that tragic day, we have a greater awareness of how truly vulnerable we are and how things can change so quickly.
When it comes to workplace safety in your facility, the fact is danger always exists and no one is immune to accidents.
Machinery in the workplace can be of great benefit if used correctly and safely. Heavy machinery easily completes many tasks in a timely manner, but these machines are also capable of causing great harm if you don’t know how to use them properly. Misusing heavy machinery leads to a variety of serious workplace injuries and fatalities.
Everyone wants to be able to reduce accidents and injuries in the workplace. Sometimes making simple adjustments to our daily work practices is where injury prevention is the most important.
Workplace safety cannot exist on best practice guidelines and policies alone. A safe working environment is based on how well the people, in both management and on the factory floor, adhere to -- and communicate about -- safety standards.
The foundation of any successful workplace safety effort is one that encourages employees to identify unsafe behaviors and opportunities for improvement while also making well-informed safety decisions during daily routine tasks.
OSHA law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. This is the crux of workplace safety and our initiative to get every worker home safe, every day.
On average, OSHA issues around 40,000 violations a year. These violations have the potential to be very costly to the lives of your employees and the livelihood of your business.
As a leader of your organization and the person in charge of workplace safety, the worst thing you could do is to assume workplace injury and illness won’t occur in your facility.