Lessons in Safety: Why Signs and Training Matter

by Bronson Motor Speedway | Tuesday, Sep 6, 2016 | 377 views

SafetyIf you’ve seen the film Elysium or any movie where the character gets injured or injures someone in an industrial setting, you know that this is art imitating life.

Accidents like that happen all the time. Although the numbers are becoming smaller with increasing awareness and protocols in effect, accidents still take place in many work areas.

The disadvantages of workplace injuries or deaths are many. For one, the injured employee will miss workdays. They will need hospitalisation and medicines, and without insurance, you have to shoulder the expenses out of pocket. The employee is affected, their family is affected, and so are the company and the community. In many work-related injuries and deaths, lawsuits are not far behind.

You don’t want these problems. To avoid them, improve the safety in your work areas with these suggestions.

Put up signs and warnings.

Health and safety signs are a must in some work areas, such as those that require special clothing and protection to prevent exposure to radiation, chemicals, etc. You can’t rely on the assumption that people automatically know not to enter a dangerous zone. Warnings prevent thousands of injuries and deaths around the world every day.

Limit access to certain areas.

Some work areas are too dangerous for people who are not trained or equipped to work there. In some cases, the machines or products are too sensitive. To prevent problems, limit access to certain work areas. There’s a reason clearances are limited. One way to put this in effect is to install biometrics or at least IDs with digital tags. Only those who are authorised can enter that restricted zone.

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Keep educating your employees.

As technology in your work area improves, and as dangers multiply, your employees must keep training for any new developments. New hires should never be asked to start working without undergoing safety training. A lack of information typically leads to mistakes and accidents.

These are a few of the things you can do to prevent accidents in the workplace. Talk to a safety program representative to find out more about ways to reduce mishaps in your company.

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