Factory Accidents and How to Prevent Them
Whether it is a pesky paper cut or, God forbid, invalidity, work accidents are a real possibility and they are not uncommon. You spend hours performing the same old task and your focus simply disappears, so you take less and less care about safety. If you’re a bus driver, a mere second of drowsiness is enough to spell disaster. It is unreasonable to expect the workers to be 100% focused from 9AM on Monday to 5PM on Friday. Admittedly, human error is an important factor is work-related accidents but the employer first has to ensure they have done all in their power to prevent a factory accident before they blame the worker. Here are several practices that can be applied in order to decrease the possibility of accidents to an absolute minimum.
Protection on/against wheels
When you think about it, a typical workday involves a lot of driving. Firstly, the workforce has to commute to work and then they are around moving machines with wheels the entire day. Then you have delivery trucks, forklifts, and the company car that are all potentially dangerous. This is why workers should be constantly aware of these moving objects. They car they are assigned with has to be in good condition, with excellent brakes, working headlights, turn signals etc. Also, always tank it up so your employees don’t run out of diesel while on the road. Also, if the work involves transport of any hazardous chemicals there should be additional safety measures enforced. The load trucks transport should be secured tightly onto the vehicle to prevent it from sliding away and injuring workers on the factory floor.
A safety notice board regarding fire safety, for instance, can go unnoticed, no pun intended. On the other side, a full-scale briefing regarding work safety is bound to catch the attention of the work force. They will have to be attentive as they would be required to take a short test after it to see if they understood everything. Such briefings should be held at regular intervals and they should be versatile in nature. Everything from properly manipulating a new machine to giving CPR should be the topic, aimed at the largest possible number of workers. These meetings can be used to go through all the safety procedures and if you have the conditions for it, hold an exercise, like a fire drill, at least twice a year.
What if an accident does occur?
There is hardly a factory anywhere in the world that can boast a clean sheet when it comes to accidents. No matter how much precaution measures you take, accidents will occur and there is nothing you can do about this, apart from decreasing the number of mishaps and their severity. There are several courses of action to take after the accident occurs. Firstly, the first aid kit should be used to treat the injured worker until the paramedics arrive to take him to the hospital. From there on, the employer should actively enquire about the worker’s health, not the least because factory accidents are eligible for a lawsuit. Legally perceived, it is best to come to an agreement on what happens in case of an accident, since otherwise the worker is entitled to a financial compensation.
What are the main dangers?
You might be wondering what exactly are the things that can go wrong in a factory. Well, the list is long, but most commonly, these are machine-related injuries. Like we stated earlier, a single second is enough to lose a hand or a leg, so workers have to take great car and adhere to all safety procedures. They should also use all the safety equipment, like protective glasses and helmets. There are also anti-slip boots that protect the feet and leather gloves are ideal for warehouses where a lot of boxes are carried around. The workers should be encouraged to report any kind of unsafe behavior or possible procedures that there are no safety regulations for. This is usually the case with new operational methods that have not been tested in practice yet.
Finally, think of prevention as the best method to counter factory accidents. Once they occur it becomes too late to help the injured worker and you could face a negligence lawsuit.