Surprisingly easy-to-implement protocols that can change the way you think about safety.

Most injuries occur during the everyday, seemingly common tasks that workers perform on a repetitive basis. When thinking about safety around your site, perceived risk is a good starting point. In fact, many site managers report multiple cases of workers rolling their ankles while walking across a site. After all, it’s just walking, right?

 

Perceived Risk

Changing the way workers think about safety, risk, and their daily routine is often the first step. The WSIB (Workplace Insurance Safety Board) claims that the largest instances of irreversible musculoskeletal disorders are from jumping down from a truck’s cab or tailgate.

Let’s be honest, who hasn’t done that before?

Well, it’s time to stop. When thinking about injury prevention, it’s crucially important to consider perceived risk, not just risk, around your site or factory. In fact, more than 50% of workplace fatalities are from falls 25 feet or less. Whether it’s procedural or tactical, safety measures are in place for a reason. Talk to you crew or team and if you need help with reminders, read our next two points on signage and early warning systems.

 

Signage

Visual instructions are important, too. This is because of the way our brains intake information and then act on it later, during times of stress. Think back to that safety course your employees took six months or even a year ago. How much of the information has been retained? Of that information, it is easily accessible and acted upon when an emergency strikes?

Regardless of whether signs are directing workers to evacuation points, reminding us of First Aid steps, or depicting emergency procedures that are specific to your plant or site, they need to be clear and straightforward.

Visual instructions that are simple make it easier for workers to process information—especially in times of high stress, trauma or panic—so keep your visuals simple and in plain site. Lastly, review them often.

 

Early Warning Systems

The most frequent types of incidents are falls. Secondly, many injuries occur as the result of contact with electrical equipment. Put these two scenarios together and you’ve got an all too common recipe for danger in the life of an electrical engineer, electrician, or site manager.

You’ve trained your workers, your safety protocols are up to date, now what?

Real disasters don’t usually occur in a vacuum, so be hyper-vigilant and report warning signs the moment they arise. Train your workers to do the same. And speaking of reporting, are your protocols in place for doing just that? Do you know if your site is up to code?

 

If you’re not sure, we can help. Schedule an inspection today.