10 Important Safety Tips for the New Year
Inform Your Supervisor about any Suspected Unsafe Conditions
If you see something that could potentially hurt you or a co-worker, remove the object or clean the area if you can do so safely. Otherwise, inform your supervisor immediately so that your work environment can be kept safe.
Use Equipment Properly
Using tools and/or machinery incorrectly accounts for one of the major reasons why workplace injuries occur. Make sure that you receive proper training which will allow you to use equipment correctly and for its intended purpose. Regularly clean and inspect equipment to ensure that it is safe.
Wear Safety Equipment
Always be sure to wear proper safety equipment and check first to ensure that the safety equipment is undamaged. This will significantly reduce your likelihood of getting injured.
Prevent Slips and Trips
Slip and falls are the second most prevalent cause of non-fatal work injuries. It is vital that aisles are clear and spills are cleaned to avoid tripping or slipping. If you are working with liquids, use drip pans and guards. Clean up any spills immediately to keep conditions safe. Watch out for any holes, loose boards, or nails projecting from the floor.
Keep Work Areas and Emergency Exits Clear
Make sure to remove any clutter blocking emergency exits, equipment shutoffs, and areas where you are working. A cluttered work area can lead to not having enough space to use tools and pick up heavy objects properly. Furthermore, if an exit is obstructed, you may not be able to quickly escape if an emergency occurs. Placing equipment in proper storage areas after use will help keep the work area and emergency exits clear.
Eliminate Fire Hazards
If you are using combustible materials at work, only keep the amount you need for the task at hand. When you are not using the flammable material, store the chemical in an assigned safe storage area away from sources of ignition. Also, store combustible waste in metal receptacles and dispose of them daily.
Avoid Tracking Hazardous Materials
To ensure that hazardous materials are not accidentally tracked into other areas, work area mats should be maintained and kept clean. Prevent cross-contamination by using different cleaning material such as mops for various spills, and change clothes if you spill toxic materials on them. Also, if you work with toxic materials, do not wear your work clothes home.
Prevent Objects from Falling
To keep objects from falling, stack boxes straight up and down, and place heavy objects on lower shelves. Furthermore, keep stacked objects out of the way of aisles and work areas.
Use Correct Posture when Lifting
To avoid injuring your back when you are trying to pick up an item, keep your back straight, use your legs to lift, and pick up the item without stooping or twisting. Whenever possible, use mechanical aids such as conveyor belts, wheelbarrows or forklifts.
Many work-related injuries occur when workers are tired and cannot adequately observe dangers in their surroundings. By taking regular breaks, you will be able to stay more alert when working.
Many workers suffer injuries because employers provide inadequate staffing, insufficient training and fail to implement proper safety practices. If you, a family member, or a friend has suffered serious injuries as a result of poor safety practices on the job, we can help. Call Susan J. Sadow, P.C. at 770-984-8900 today. We have the experience to expertly guide you every step of the way through the Georgia workers' compensation system.