Most people expect workplace mishaps in the construction or manufacturing industries. While it’s true that there’s a higher risk in these areas, accidents can occur in all employment sectors.

America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate, the National Safety Council, reports that a worker is injured on the job every second. That’s approximately 4.6 million cases a year.

While we can’t eliminate occupational hazards, they can be reduced by employers adopting safety measures and employees adhering to them.

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Prevention is better than cure, and that’s the purpose of this article. Here are some actions to minimize on-the-job accidents.

 

Employers

Implement Safety Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1971 to enforce standards for safe and healthful working conditions for workers. Every management should have those precautions in place and ensure to put them into practice.

Provide Training

Employees need to be educated appropriately to handle high-risk jobs and follow safety procedures. Staff who operate heavy equipment should be well-trained to deal with any emergencies.

Supply Protective Gear

Business owners should provide workers with outfits that offer protection in their jobs and ensure that they wear them.

Maintain Workspace Cleanliness

A tidy area allows staff to maneuver with ease, thus limiting the risk of hazards. For instance, you should place cables in a way that people don’t trip.

Install Safety Signs

Employers should put up posters in prominent places to remind workers of the procedures they need to follow, including assembly points in case of an emergency.

Upkeep Vehicles and Equipment

Well-maintained machinery, cars, and trucks can minimize the risk of injury to those operating them. 

Set up an Emergency Team

Being able to take immediate action may save lives while waiting for help to arrive.

 

Employees

Comply With Safety Measures

Adhere to the safety program implemented by your employer. Wear the protective gear provided at all times. Take emergency drills seriously. 

Stay Alert

You have to be vigilant when on the job. Make sure you’re well-rested and fully awake so you don’t make mistakes that can hurt you or others.

Identify Potential Dangers

Be aware of any foreseeable risks you might encounter while performing your duties and inform your employer about them. 

Insist on Training

Please don’t take on any high-risk task without being fully competent at handling it. Ensure that you learn everything there is to know about your responsibilities.

Don’t Rush Work

Meeting deadlines are essential, but you have to prioritize safety. Mistakes can cause accidents. If there’s insufficient time to complete your duties safely, inform your boss. Don’t take shortcuts.

 

How to Prevent Mishaps

Although some accidents are unforeseen, taking the above-mentioned precautionary measures can help anyone avoid getting hurt.

It is critical to comply with the standards set by OSHA and management.

Always think of safety first. Value life.

 

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