Workplace injuries can have a domino effect—from injuries, to loss of workplace safety, to a tainted business image.
Some workplaces like construction sites and mines are more prone to accidents than corporate offices and banks. However, accidents can happen in any shape or form and come without warning.
Ensuring workplace safety may seem like an added cost to employers, but it’s actually a way to prevent additional expenses in the form of medical insurance bills, increased absenteeism, site repairs and loss of new recruits.
It doesn’t hurt to be prepared for the worst to come and learn better ways to handle an emergency instead of panicking. Here are all the common types of accidents that happen at workplaces and ways to deal with them.
Conduct Physical Screening Tests
If your line of work involves physical exertion, you need to perform a screening test for employees before recruiting. Sometimes a resume and experience letter are not proof enough of a person’s physical abilities.
The physical abilities of each employee must match their job description. A mismatched placement is more likely to result in accidents.
Warn About Moving Machinery Or High-Voltage Units
Unmonitored machinery can be dangerous for employees who’re not conscious of its hazards. It can lead to disastrous accidents if a body part gets stuck within a moving machine.
Some extreme cases of such accidents include limb injuries, cuts, temporary or permanent blindness and worse.
Most common areas of such accidents include the spot where the machinery is operating; transmission apparatus like pulleys, belts, rods, and spindles; and mobile mechanical functions like rotation etc.
The most effective way of preventing such accidents is to monitor any machinery during operation. But this doesn’t compensate for the need to get trained for handling emergency cases. Workplace safety courses are a must.
Prevent Vehicle-Related Accidents
Some workplaces require transportation of goods from one unit to another on trucks and cranes. This increases the risk of vehicle-related accidents which can be fatally dangerous!
In order to prevent loss of lives or even serious physical injuries, it’s important to orient the driver with ways to handle the vehicle. A car driver won’t be able to operate a crane or truck safely.
The routes that these vehicles take must also be separated from high traffic areas and a warning alert system should be incorporated. This would ensure that workers on site are cautioned about a vehicle operation in process beforehand.
Looking for a place to train your crew for workplace safety measures?
At Metro Safety, we believe first-aid training is crucial for handling workplace emergencies. We strive to provide first aid training courses and work place safety tools and have been in the industry since 2008.
We are located in Coquitlam BC, almost neighboring with the Braid Street Sky Train. And cater to Vancouver, Burnaby, and Coquitlam in British Columbia.
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