“Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover.” (Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Workers Memorial Day speech April 26, 2012)
In today’s economy, we rely heavily on industrialization. Practically everything we use and consume in our everyday life is manufactured in a plant or warehouse. For industrialized companies, they have big shoes to fill in order to meet our society’s high demands. Aside from manufacturing products, the prevention of injuries is a top priority as well.
Although companies are under strict safety guidelines and precautions, accidents do happen. No one wants to get injured intentionally and no company wants to pay the price of an employee’s accident, but they do occur.
Some common workplace accidents are injuries caused by handling, moving or falling objects, contact with a harmful substance, contact from moving machinery, slips and trips, and falls from various heights.
Here are the most common sense safety precautions that every warehouse, plant and factory should follow.
Sprinklers, extinguishers and fire exits should never be blocked.
Tools with sharp edges and box cutters should be placed in proper places
Proper safety training should be mandatory for all employees
Spills should be cleaned immediately
Team lifting procedures should be in place for weights that are 50 pounds and over
Use moveable stairs if carrying items above the shoulders
Accidents can become avoidable by enforcing and following basic safety tips. In doing so, employees can focus on meeting workload demands in a safe environment.
Sources – http://visual.ly/preventing-injuries-warehouses-workplaces and http://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html