There's something refreshing about the New Year. It's a favorite time to reflect on where we've been and where we're headed, a time for renewing old commitments and making new ones. The start of a new year is also the perfect time to review safety programs and chart a course for improvement.
We've all seen it before - the landscaper using a line trimmer as it throws rocks, grass and dust, all the while the user is squinting trying to protect their eyes. Or, my favorite, the carpenter using a powered circular saw to rip down a piece of ply wood with their eyes closed. What do both of these examples have in common? They are all "hoping" they don't get anything in their eyes and sustain a nasty injury. It's amazing when people do these types of things, assuming that they won't get hurt. However, the simple addition of a pair of ANSI Z87 rated safety glasses can make a world of difference.
Have you ever slipped on ice, tripped up some stairs or fell off of a curb, and then looked around, hoping no one was watching? Everyone has, but hopefully we escaped with just some slight embarrassment! Unfortunately, there are some very serious statistics when it comes to people involved in a slip, a trip or a fall.
Forklifts allow one employee to do the work of several by moving large quantities of materials and handling awkward loads. With the benefits of improved materials handling, the potential for serious injury and death also increases. The sheer mass of a forklift can be equivalent to a full-size sedan and, although speeds are relatively low, that mass makes the potential for accidents a very serious issue in the workplace.