Workplace Injuries - 18 Preventative Measures Everyone Should Read
Workplace injuries are a problem, not only for
employees, but also for employers trying to maintain safe, productive
and profitable operations. Injury prevention is of primary importance to
any ongoing business. We want to join you in your safety efforts and
help you maintain a safe and productive operation.
Successful worker injury and illness prevention
begins with your leadership’s commitment. To the greatest
degree possible, your management should provide all mechanical and
physical protection required for personal safety and health. Safety
is no accident; think “safety” and the job will be safer.
While a safety-conscious management team fosters a
safe workplace, employees still bear primary
responsibility for their working safely. Safety is a cooperative
undertaking, requiring constant safety awareness on the part of
every employee. Quite simply, injury/illness prevention requires
cooperation in all safety and health matters, both between the employer
and employee and also among all co-workers.
A little common sense and
caution can prevent most accidents
from occurring. Everything possible should be done to protect employees
so that accidents, injuries, and/or occupational disease do not occur on
the job. No one likes to see a fellow employee injured in an accident.
Therefore, all operations must be planned
to prevent possible accidents. But if an employee is injured, positive
action must be taken promptly to see that the employee receives adequate
Rules, such as the following, should be established
to assist in this cooperative effort:
All employees shall
follow safe practices in conducting their job. All
employees shall report all unsafe conditions or
responsible for implementing policies by insisting employees
observe and obey all rules and regulations necessary to maintain a
safe work place and safe work habits and practices.
must be practiced at all times in the work area. Clean up all waste
and eliminate any dangers in the work area. Spills
must be cleaned up immediately.
All aisles and
passageways must be kept clear.
Changes in elevations must be clearly marked,
as must passageways near dangerous operations like welding,
machinery operation or painting. If there is a low
ceiling, a warning sign must be posted. If a walkway
or stairway is more than
thirty inches above the floor or ground, it must have a
footwear and personal protection equipment (hardhats, respirators,
and eye protection) must be worn at all times.
must remain accessible at all times. Means of egress should be kept
unblocked, well lighted and unlocked during work hours.
Drive safely. If
vehicles are used during the workday, safety belts and should
harnesses are to be worn at all times. Vehicles
must be locked when unattended to avoid criminal misconduct.
Do no exceed the speed limit. Defensive driving must be practiced by
all employees. Vehicles must be parked in legal spaces and must not
obstruct traffic. Employees should park their vehicles in
well-lighted areas at, or near, entrances to avoid exposure to
Anyone under the influence of
intoxicating liquor or drugs, including prescription
drugs, which may impair motor skills and judgment, will not
be allowed on the job.
or other acts which tend to have an adverse influence on the safety
or well-being of other employees, are prohibited.
Work which entails the
handling of heavy material or the use of equipment must be well
planned and supervised to avoid injuries.
No employee will be permitted to work while
his/her ability or alertness is so
impaired by fatigue, illness, or other causes that it might
expose the employee or others to injury.
not work with any equipment, machinery, or conduct any
processes or procedures that are outside the
scope of their duties, unless they have received specific
training and instructions.
All injuries must
be reported to a supervisor so that
arrangements can be made for medical or first aid treatment.
When lifting heavy
objects, use the large muscles of the leg instead of the
smaller muscles of the back.
of all waste properly and carefully.
Do not wear shoes with
thin or torn soles.
First-aid kits and required contents should be
maintained in a serviceable condition. A poster
should be fastened and maintained, either on or in the cover of each
first-aid kit and at or near all phones,
plainly stating the phone numbers of available
doctors, hospitals, and ambulance services within the
district of the work site.
Where the eyes or skin of any person may be
exposed to injuries chemical and/or material, suitable facilities
for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes
and skin should be provided, within the work area, for
immediate emergency use
Employee safety training
is another requirement of an effective injury and illness prevention
program. While skills training is important, safety training must also
be emphasized. Employers should communicate
to employees their commitment to safety and
make sure that employees are familiar with the elements of the safety
Communication with employees can take several
forms. It can be done orally, in the form of directions and statements
from a supervisor; or it can be written, in the form of directives.
Safety training also requires leadership by
example: if an employee sees a supervisor or manager do something
unsafe, he/she should tell that person. We sometimes forget that actions
speak louder than words.
should occur periodically throughout the
year, when conditions change or when a new process
or procedure is implemented. During these inspections, the injury
and illness prevention policy and safe work practices should be
reviewed. In addition, all employees are expected to promptly report any
unsafe conditions so that
appropriate corrections may be made.
is that some of the ideas presented here will
assist you in
your in safety management. If you would
like more information on your specific operation, or even on just a few
phases of your operation, please contact your
agent. We will work with him or her to provide any safety and
accident prevention information you may need.
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