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.
As we mentioned in our last post “Safety Guidelines To Prevent Struck-By Hazards On Your Jobsite,” OSHA recently identified the four most dangerous jobsite hazards for construction workers. They’ve entitled them the Fatal Four -- falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects and being caught in/between hazards -- and they account for 57% of all fatalities on construction sites.
Preventing back injuries is a workplace safety effort that we are in need of constant reminder to uphold and maintain best practices for our worker’s back health. As back injuries affect so many people in the general workforce, it’s become very problematic for employers and employees alike.
Understanding workplace safety and accident prevention really all comes down to context. Even though it might be somewhat easy to blame human error for the root cause of most workplace accidents, that’s really just the beginning. With further investigation, you’re likely to uncover many factors that contribute to any accident in the workplace.
Ergonomics is the science of designing the workplace, machines and work tasks within the capacity and capability of the human body. Its focus is fitting the job to the worker, not the worker to the job.
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.
Welcome back to this week’s Arbill Blog Series, “What’s Wrong With These Pictures?” Part 1 in this series highlighted back injury risks and the benefits of ergonomics, while Part 2 summarized proper lifting techniques along with how to minimize the effects of manual material handing. We hope you found these posts useful for your own workplace safety efforts!
Welcome back to this week’s Arbill Blog Series, “What’s Wrong With These Pictures?” We hope you found our first installment on back injury risks and the benefits of ergonomics helpful.