Preventing work injuries, especially in heavy duty physical occupations and trades where construction workers, mechanics, nurses, and many employees are at risk for on the job injuries because of the physical and critical work they perform, should be the number 1 safety goal for employers, contractors, employees and everyone else.
Work injury statistics can be startling - over 5,000 work related fatalities per year on average. Many accidents can be prevented by proper safety training and equipment, safety warnings and instructions, and reporting unsafe conditions. OSHA and state occupational safety and health administrations should investigate reports of serious worksite safety violations. And contractors and employers should always provide the right safety equipment and training. Manufacturers should provide adequate safety warnings on equipment. But that doesn't always happen at work, especially on a busy construction site or in a busy hospital. Work site safety is for every workers protection. And every employee should take every precaution to prevent work injuries.
TOP 10 WORKPLACE SAFETY TIPS
1. WEAR YOUR seat belt WHEN YOU DRIVE OR RIDE.
2. WEAR SAFETY GEAR – GLASSES, HARDHAT, GLOVES, AND MASK.
3. CHECK EQUIPMENT BEFORE OPERATING.
4. DON’T OPERATE EQUIPMENT WITHOUT TRAINING.
5. ALWAYS FOLLOW WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS.
6. REPORT UNSAFE CONDITIONS.
7. CLEAN UP SPILLS IMMEDIATELY.
8. STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN – WATCH OUT FOR YOUR CO-WORKERS.
9. HAVE A SAFETY PLAN – FOR ROUTINE WORK, EMERGENCIES AND EVACUATION.
10. LIFT WITH YOUR LEGS – NOT YOUR BACK.
DONAHOE KEARNEY, LLP