Five Common Safety Mistakes
As we go through our days, we all miss several common mistakes simply because we are not paying attention, or we are too busy with other things. Below are five common mistakes that companies make for one reason or another but that would pay big dividends if followed.
1. Using Ladders Improperly
- Take the time to properly set up your ladder. If it's set up on unstable footing or you are using it improperly, it could easily slide out while you're on it and cause serious injuries.
- You should never reach off to the left or right. This can throw the center of balance off, potentially causing the ladder to fall. A good rule of thumb here is, keep your belly button between the two side rails.
- Don't use chairs, stools, or other objects to reach high areas. These things aren't meant for climbing the same way a ladder is.
- Never step onto the upper rungs of a ladder. Depending on how the ladder is placed, even several rungs down can be unstable.
2. Using the Wrong Tool for the Job
Just about every task that needs to be done in a facility will require some type of tool. Using the right tool for the job is not only the most efficient way to get a task done, but it is also the safest. When people take shortcuts by just using whatever tool they have with them at the time, they are dramatically increasing the risk of an accident occurring. Investing the time and money into making sure the right tools are available for a given job will help keep people safe and will also ensure a task is done quickly and correctly.
One of the easiest ways to cut down on accidents and injuries is to keep the workplace clean and organized. Below are a few tips to help keep you organized.
- All tools should have their place, and they should be stored in their place when not being used.
- Trash should not be allowed to accumulate because it can become a tripping hazard.
- Extension cords aren't for everything, use power cords properly. Don't leave them running across floors when not in use.
- Don't daisy-chain power strips together as they could overheat and cause a fire.
4. Wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Many employees either fail to use PPE, or they don't use it properly. This leaves them exposed to the hazards they are supposed to be protected from. Additionally, when one person is not wearing the right personal protective equipment, it increases the risk for everyone around them due to exposure to a hazardous material or situation.
5. Treating Training as Optional
One of the most overlooked mistakes a facility can make is treating safety training as optional. While safety training doesn't provide an immediate return on investment, the long-term benefits are really incalculable. Making safety training a priority may be the single best thing a company can do to avoid accidents and other safety mistakes in the future.
Following simply rules like this can dramatically reduce an employees and a company's exposure to risk.