When an employee is harmed at work, the loss of a worker and the subsequent medical expenses can impact your business. This could also decrease the morale among the rest of the workers which could result in a decline in productivity. The best way to avoid business setbacks is to steer clear from workplace injuries in the first place. This could only be procured if the working conditions are safe for the employees. In this blog, we are going to look at some of the major causes of unsafe working environments and how best to eliminate workplace injuries.
Is the workplace environment safe?
The most common workplace conditions that can be dangerous to the employees are material handling, slips and falls, accidents involving tools, etc. The injuries could include fractures, inflammations, sprains, cuts, and punctures, etc. These are also caused by the absence of industrial safety equipment.
How to make the workplace safer?
- Taking in a safety plan: The basis of any safe working environment is a good and successful accident prevention plan. A good safety plan would cover all levels of prevention programs and it would also encourage the employees to report practices that are hazardous to them.
- Training the staff and employees: By training the workers about the importance of following precautionary behaviors you can reduce such incidents from a long shot.
- Research: Every workplace has different safety concerns. Note down which incidents happen at your workplace repeatedly and are the most common to better equip the workers to avoid them.
- Protective equipment: Equipment that protects the workers while they’re working at heavy industrial sites must be enforced as well as endorsed at meetings, hirings and also while monitoring the workers. Every employee should be taught to use and also be provided by industrial leather gloves, safety goggles, hard hats, earplugs, safety shoes.
- Why prefer shortcuts? When employees take shortcuts and skip precautionary steps to complete a task before it is due, it causes more injuries than one might think. Firstly, employees must be provided with a proper instruction plan before performing a task, and secondly, the employees must follow all of those instructions to be able to safely perform them and stay injury-proof.
- Staffing: Adequate staffing is not just important for morale but it also helps avoid workplace injuries. Having too many employees or too little, the chances of getting workplace injuries are high either way.
Having too many employees would mean less safety equipment for everyone and an unsafe working environment. And having too little employees would mean more tasks to perform for everyone and overworking them, increasing the chances of injuries. So businesses could focus on having an adequate number of employees, with enough equipment for everyone to use, and hiring seasonal workers to reduce overworking and exhaustion.
- Inspecting company vehicles: Workplace driving incidents are also very common, and cost an arm and leg, sometimes quite literally. The vehicles should be inspected and monitored on a monthly basis, and it should be compulsory to train the workers as well.
- Implementing safety measures: Training the employees may seem easy, but the implementation could turn out to be a bit difficult. At every opportunity, the safety measures must be reinforced. The employees must be supervised, and the reinforcement of safety measures must be done in staff meetings and through more training sessions in the future.
Although these steps are pretty foolproof, an injury might occur no matter what, depending on multiple factors. But it is always better to stay safe and be as many preventing measures as possible. Your organization must have its very own unique safety system, and the employees should not feel like they are putting their lives at risk while going to work. Only then can the morale and productivity be increased efficiently.
AUTHOR BIO: Kamil Riaz Kara is a Writer and Blogger. As a writer, he wrote numerous articles on industrial safety, Business and technology. Presently, associated with digital marketing agency named Digital Eggheads.