Machinery in the workplace can be of great benefit if used correctly and safely. Heavy machinery 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.
Take a look at the man using the power saw below.
Do you find anything wrong with this picture?
The man in this picture is in imminent danger. His thumb is exposed to the saw and the saw itself is not level. The guard on the front of the blade is meant to protect him, but he has put himself in danger of serious injury by leaving his thumb exposed. This mistake could be from a lack of training, a poorly designed machine guard or a serious lapse in judgment.
Below we have outlined five workplace safety tips you and your employees should keep in mind for ensuring machine safety in the workplace and preventing injuries.
As an employer or manager, you are responsible for providing a safe and stable working environment for your employees. Without proper safety equipment, training and practices, your workers' efficiency declines to the point where absenteeism becomes a major threat to your company's growth and success.
Did you know that back injuries are the most common reason for absenteeism, right after the common cold?
According to recent reports, 80% of adults are estimated to experience a back injury at some point in their lifetime, and these injuries account for over 24% of all workplace injury and illness involving days away from work. Back-related workplace injuries range from minor dull and achy to serious sharp and stabbing lumbar pain. These injuries limit employees’ ability to do their jobs and result in increased worker’s comp claims and downtime.
The most common causes of back injuries include:
In today’s blog, we’re going to give you a closer look at the five most common workplace accidents and offer safety tips and suggestions to help you avoid and prevent them from occurring.
Protecting employees from potential head injuries is a key element of any safety program. Head injuries can cause serious injuries or even death, with over 84,000 head injuries in 2014 alone. Wearing the proper head protection is an important step in preventing head injuries and can protect employees from impact and penetration hazards as well as electrical shock and burns.
Take a look at the photo of the two men working below.
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Before creating your checklist here are four things to keep in mind:
Developing a comprehensive health and safety checklist is an important first step in creating a safe workplace. Identifying potential hazards and developing procedures to handle them will ensure the safety of your employees and show your commitment to building a culture of safety in your workplace.
From construction workers to farm-hands to roofers to warehouse employees, the summer heat can have a devastating effect on workplace safety. As temperatures rise, so can injuries- at least if you’re not prepared. According to a recent press release from the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA), “Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill due to working in the heat. About one-third of heat-related worker deaths occur in the construction industry, but outdoor workers in every field are susceptible to the dangers of heat.
Let’s focus on eye protection. It’s clear to me that some employers get it. They provide the proper training and use of protective eyewear.
Unfortunately, the injury statistics tell us that so many employers don’t get it, which puts their employees (and their bottom line) at risk.
One person died and three others were injured after a construction crane fell in downtown Manhattan on Friday, February 5, 2016. The crane, which fell in the morning, toppled parked cars on Worth Street in the Tribeca neighborhood.
One of the biggest dangers in the workplace can be operating heavy machinery – specifically forklifts.