Workplace accidents can happen virtually at any moment. They are called accidents for a reason. They usually can be avoided with common sense and the right prevention in place. Here are a few of the most common workplace accidents and incidents that can possibly be eliminated with the proper planning.
The number one occurrence of workplace accidents is usually due to a person falling down from slipping or stumbling. The reason they are losing their balance could be from a variety of causes, but more than likely it would be from a slippery floor. Just a little liquid on the floor in your workplace could lead to thousands of dollars being paid out. To prevent an accident like this, fix all leaks immediately when they occur. Also, placing down mats and flooring with high traction strips on them could ensure everyone has secure footing even in the most slippery of situations. At the very least, putting these preventions in place could stop a lawsuit from being filed or just needless injuries in general.
Strained muscles are no joke and can lead to serious medical bills and time off from work. Back injuries are some of the most common injuries in the workplace. A back injury can be prevented most of the time by the correct lifting technique. However, even with the best technique, if you are asked to lift something that is too heavy for just one person, you are putting people at risk. If you have heavy items that need to be lifted in the workplace, try to do so with dollies or carts instead of relying on the strength of one individual.
Handrails and Guardrails
If you have any stairs in the workplace or areas that you want blocked off from employees entering because it is not safe, then you need handrails and guardrails. You can protect your employees with a non-penetrating guardrail system that could save you from a lawsuit or worse. The last thing you want to do is to have to call the spouse of an employee and explain how their husband or wife died on your watch.
There are countless factories that have loud noises constantly happening throughout each shift. Rather than subject your employees to it, have earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones on hand for all. Hearing loss is something that does not go away so make it mandatory that all employees protect their ears.