Ergonomics is defined as the interaction people have in the work environment around them. Every employee interacts with their responsibilities in different ways depending on their height, weight, range of motion, body style, and numerous other considerations. What may work easily for one person may cause a serious injury to another. Even tasks such as working at a desk can cause issues with some people. An ergonomics study of the work environment and each individual’s interactions in the same areas will help reduce future claims and injuries.
Vehicle accidents can cause very traumatic injuries that last a lifetime. Any piece of machinery that is set in motion and controlled by a person has potential risk of causing injury or harm to people or property. From the operation of a warehouse’s forklifts and steer loaders to having a company car that your staff occasionally use for errands, each creates significant risks of injury in their usage to the employee and possibly the community. Every employee needs to trained as to company polices and expectations when using such equipment and each person needs to be properly educated as to their safe usage.
Hand and power tools give humans the ability to perform work tasks that normally they would not be able to accomplish using their own bodies. All require proper training to ensure employee safety and to reduce the potential for injuries. Becoming distracted just for a moment can lead to a temporary or permanent injury. Most power tools come with manufacturer provided safety guards and the requirement that all users should be educated on their safe operation prior to their usage. To ensure that all your employees are protected, utilize your safety training program to teach every employee prior to their usage of such equipment.
Ladders are a necessary tool in most workplaces in order to take advantage of storage space up high, to change light bulbs, or for other maintenance needs. Most ladders have manufacturer-applied safety warnings all over them due to the fact that using a ladder incorrectly can be very dangerous. Even using a small step stool creates potential to risk in your organization. Potential for property damage or personal injury occurs every time is ladder is handled and moved from one location to the next. Ladder safety training should be provided to every new employee and placed into your annual refresher safety program as well.
Falls and slips are the number one type of accident to employees, customers, and visitors to your property. Whether outdoors on a ice covered parking lot or inside and tripping over a cable on the floor or an extended filing cabinet drawer, these types of injuries can become extremely costly to your business. Many of these types of accidents cause soft tissue injuries to ligaments, muscles, and tendons; each which can lead to extensive rehabilitation needs of the injured. Protect your staff and your valuable customers by ensuring that your workplace is free from potential causes of trip and fall accidents.