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On a given day, millions of people work in construction sites across the nation. And when most of you think about an industrial area, the images that might come to your mind is of huge factory machinery, the inherent dangers of the construction sites, or the potentially vicious power tools.
But, no one wants to get hurt or let an accident happen in the workspace, yet why so many injuries? It’s because we tend to neglect small safety practices, such as keeping the aisles clean, the industrial electrical wires organized, and removing the clutter from emergency exits, which makes a lot of difference.
If you are an administrator, checking workplace safety throughout the day shows that you care for your employees. Focusing on safety measures boosts your employees’ morale, efficiency, and even creates a good impression on your clients and visitors. And if you are an employee, following safety etiquettes is for you and your co-workers' best interests.
We have shared the five most essential tips for keeping you and other people safe at work.
Five essential safety tips to adhere at your industrial workspace
1. Be Careful and Inform Supervisors
Do not ignore any fault as a minor one, as the smallest fault can also be potentially harmful. In case you find something, take away the object or clean the area. Otherwise, make sure that you inform your supervisor on priority. Since he is legally obliged to keep you and co-workers’ working environment safe, he will surely take action.
It's also the responsibility of each worker to make sure that you use the machinery and equipment carefully and as per guidelines. Mishandling machines and tool is the most predominant cause of workplace injuries. Furthermore, clean and examine each material regularly to ensure that it is safe.
2. Always Wear Safety Equipment
Any sudden or forceful blows to the head caused by a piece of industrial equipment can result in severe head injuries. Thus, wearing safety equipment is a mandate in most of the industrial sites. As a supervisor or as a worker, make sure that all the workers wear hard hats where there are chances of objects falling from above, possibility of accidental head contact with electrical hazards, or chances of accidents to their heads from fixed objects.
Also, wear the proper safety equipment while cleaning clutters. Wearing adequate and undamaged safety equipment significantly lowers the risk of injuries.
3. Fall Protection
Tripping or slipping is another most prevalent cause of accidents in industrial areas. Keep aisles clear of spills, and use drip pans if you are dealing with liquid.
Check the flooring carefully to ensure there are no projecting nails, holes, or loose boards on it. Plan installing anti-slip flooring in the areas that cannot easily be cleaned.
For working on elevated platforms, use handrails, safety nets, covers, fall arrest systems, and restriction systems to prevent fatal injuries from falls.
Electrical appliances and wires form an integral part of any industrial site. So it is imperative to keep them protected from damage and away from sharp corners and projections. Make sure that a useful and protected junction box is in place and the extension cords have grounding points.
Keep ladders, scaffoldings, equipment, or materials away from electric power lines and have a thorough knowledge of the overhead electrical power lines.
Supervisors must check all electrical tools and equipment regularly and ensure that they are in a safe condition without any defects. Do not overlook any protective measure or device intended to protect employees from electrical energy.
5. Emergency Situation
Emergencies can happen in an office also, but it is the manager's responsibility to make sure that the workers are aware of actions to be taken in such scenarios.
Primarily, train your workers on emergency evacuation processes and ensure that each one is aware of the emergency exits. The workplace should have proper signage and communications regarding hazardous products, electrical appliances, and noticeable warnings.
You are accountable to make sure that the emergency exits are unblocked from any clutter and your workers can exit without any hindrance during an emergency.