What are the Challenges to Keeping Workers Safe in 2014?
Keeping workers safe should always be the top priority in every workplace setting. According to research conducted only five years ago by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, close to four million people just in the United States alone were injured in non-fatal workplace accidents. Though this may sound like a high number of accidents, almost all of these accidents can be prevented if everyone in the workplace environment was completely aware of all common workplace safety issues, and then decided to work together to make the workplace safer than it ever has been previously. The following incidents are often the most challenging to keeping workers safe, but can be solved in 2014.
Slipping, Falling, and Tripping: According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slipping, falling, and tripping have always been the mainstay workplace safety issues in all work environments. If you happen to see a liquid spilled on a slippery floor, take the time to wipe it up. Always keep walkways and entryways clear of any potential obstructions. Place anti-slip strips and grip tape on stairways that frequently become slippery in order to help reduce the potential for accidents. Always be careful and cognizant of your surroundings when climbing up and down ladders so that you do not take an unfortunate misstep on a rung, and slip and fall off the ladder.
Electrical Dangers: Almost every workplace area will have some sort of electrical device, mechanism, input/output outlet, and/or service. Any semblance of these electrical components, products, and/or devices automatically makes electrical safety a workplace health issue, because the presence of electricity always means the potential for someone becoming harmed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some workers (more workers than you would possibly think) are actually unaware that they work among potential electrical hazards, and are therefore unaware that they are in possible harm’s way. Educating employees on the fact that a electrical danger is present, as well as educating them on the safe use of electrical equipment, components, and materials, such as extension cords and power strips, can go a long way to the minimizing of electrical dangers. Business owners and executives, along with colleagues should encourage employees to point out and verbally communicate potential electrical dangers, such as frayed wires, a light socket that is shorting out, or any other potential electrical problems, because it helps drastically reduce most electrical dangers.
Visitations from people unfamiliar with your workplace setting: When your company allows visitors into your building and workplace environment, you automatically become responsible for the safety of those guests. A business should have all visitors register at its given reception area, and should never allow visitors to explore the workplace without an employee serving as a guide. Visitors are most likely not be familiar with any of the potential dangers on your worksite, meaning visitors could pose a threat to your employees, of which all parties are unaware.