Recent statistics by OSHA report that 4690 workers were killed on the job in 2010 alone! 18% of those deaths occurred in the construction trades, with OSHA predicting that 437 of the 774 deaths in construction that year could have been prevented by keeping workplace safety tips in mind on the job.
No Matter What Industry You Work In, Applying Safety Tips Can Prevent Accidents:
- Always follow the correct procedures.
- Never take shortcuts.
- Take responsibility and clean up if you made a mess.
- Clean and organize your workspace.
- Ensure a clear and easy route to emergency exits and equipment.
- Be alert and awake on the job.
- Be attentive at all times to your work surroundings.
- When in doubt, contact your supervisor or manager for instruction, guidance, or training.
- Never take risks when it comes to safety.
- Obey safety signs, stickers, and tags.
- Take short breaks when you keep up a repetitive motion for a long period of time, and sit, stand, or walk with good posture.
- Report serious injuries immediately to a supervisor and get emergency assistance.
- Keep things in perspective. Hazards may be limitless, so focus on the most likely risks first.
- Keep Correct Posture To Protect Your Back: If you work at a desk, keep your shoulders in line with your hips to avoid back problems. If you’re picking things up, use correct form so your back doesn’t get hurt. Avoid stooping and twisting. If possible, always use ergonomic designed furniture and safety equipment so everything you need is within easy reach.
- Use Tools And Machines Properly: Take the proper precautions when using tools, and never take shortcuts. Taking shortcuts is one of the leading cause of workplace injury. It’s a huge safety risk to use scaffolding as a ladder or one tool in place of another for a specific job. Using tools the right way greatly reduces the chance of workplace injury.
Keep Emergency Exits Easily Accessible: In case of an emergency, you’ll need quick, easy access to the exits. It’s also recommended to keep clear access to equipment shutoffs in case you need to quickly stop them from functioning.
Remember: Teamwork Matters
Always keep the communication lines open with your co-workers, employers, or employees in order to promote and maintain a safe environment.
- Immediately notify others of any (new or old) hazards that you perceive.
- Be alert to hazards that could affect anyone— not just yourself; in this respect, maintain a team mentality at all times.
- Report a hazardous condition immediately to your manager, supervisor, or owner.
- Be conscious as to what others are doing around you, and do your best to ensure you don’t pose a hazard to them (and vice versa).
Tips for Managers & Employers
If you’re an employer, invite and involve your employees in safety planning; obtain their insight, give and take suggestions, and ensure that everyone is on the same page.
It’s up to facility managers and business owners to get their employees onboard with workplace safety efforts, encouraging them to become active members in the process. Share with them the workplace injury statistics and the inherent risks their job presents to them on a daily basis. Provide incentives that reward them for exemplifying great workplace safety behavior. These simple initiatives really do make all of the difference.
For more information about workplace safety for employees and employers, please visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).