Basic Safety In The Workplace | What Are The Most Common Causes Of Workplace Accidents?
It has always been paramount that job sites and workplaces have safety programs designed to educate workers on workplace safety best practices and what to do if an accident were to happen. However, workers too often ignore, or just do the bare minimum, when it comes to adhering to these rules and regulations and, as a result, an accident happens anyway and someone gets hurt. Not only that, the entire workplace or job site is thrown into crisis and financial and legal issues are inevitable. All of this simply because employees were not aware of, or were ignorant of, the rules. In fact, a majority of worker safety is dependent on employee behavior and the human element. To help combat this problem, we’ve put together a list of basic safety in the workplace guidelines that will not only give a basic outline for safety on any job site, but will also give reasons why accidents happen and what employers and employees can do to help prevent them.
The following basic guidelines for safety in the workplace are based off of several years of investigations of accidents in the workplace. Accident reconstruction experts have narrowed down the causes of workplace accidents to ten main causes or reasons.
- Always Stay Alert-A lot of accidents in the workplace have occurred due to lack of awareness on the worker’s part. This has been due to sleep deprivation or just a general lack of knowledge regarding the specific tasks they were trying to accomplish or unfamiliarity with the piece of equipment they were using. Workers should ALWAYS know in advance how to operate a piece of machinery. They should also be awake. Unaware workers are dangerous workers, not only to themselves, but to the workers around them as well.
- Be Wearing The Correct Clothing-First of all, work clothes should fit the wearer. Anything that is too big or too small has the chance of catching in machinery or tripping workers. Personal protective equipment (PPE) should fit the wearer correctly and should be the right type of clothing considering the given job or task.
- Correct Tools Should Be Used-A lot of accidents have been contributed to workers who were too lazy to get the correct tools for the job, so they resorted to a different tool and ended up injuring or even killing themselves in the process. If you need a screwdriver, get a screwdriver. Don’t fall victim to injury or death simply because you were too lazy to get the correct tool for the job.
- Lift Objects Properly-A lot of times workers like to get competitive, or they can’t overlook their pride, in the workplace and they end up injuring themselves because they were not lifting properly. Lifting is not all muscle, it is an art. Do not try to show off how strong you are; you are only asking for a trip to the hospital. If you are lifting something, make sure you are lifting it properly. If the object is very heavy, swallow your pride and get some help. It’s not worth it to injure or even kill yourself simply due to a matter of ego.
- Save The Pranks For Home-Workers too often like to joke around in the workplace or play pranks on each other. However, horseplay and practical jokes in the workplace, especially around machinery, can be extremely dangerous. Save the pranks for after work.
- Practice Good Housekeeping-Slipping or tripping on tools and wet portions of the floor can injure or kill someone. Make sure to reduce the hazards around your work area by always putting away tools when you are done with them. Also, remember to consistently clean the floors, pick up scraps, and wipe up spills.
- Accurately Report, and Report Often-ALWAYS report accidents to superiors as soon as they occur. This also applies to defective equipment and other unsafe conditions.
- Give Attention To ALL Injuries-Get first aid immediately for EVERY injury, even if it’s just a scratch. Neglecting injuries can lead to major infections, lost productivity from workers, and even permanent injury for the employee. Nip the problem in the bud before it compounds itself and becomes a much bigger problem than it was inititially.
- Support Your Company’s Safety Program-Set an example for your fellow workers by fully backing and supporting your company’s, or job site’s, safety program. Cooperate with your safety committee and suggest any improvements to the current program that could be made that would reduce the chance of accidents happening. The most successful safety programs have buy-in at all levels of the organization.
- DON’T TAKE CHANCES-This is the most important thing to remember from this article. Sheer carelessness and shortcuts are the two biggest causes of injuries and deaths in the workplace. Don’t put yourself or your coworkers in danger simply because you wanted to save a precious one or two minutes. It’s not worth it. Don’t take chances, period.
Safety in the workplace is important, but too many employees and employers get careless and lazy when it comes to practicing and enforcing them. Some may have heard these rules a million times before, but they are more than worth repeating. Sometimes, all it takes is a refresher to remind workers and employers of the value of these rules and what exactly they are designed to prevent. The overall well-being of employers, employees, and the company or job site are dependent on it.
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