Most Common Workplace Safety HazardsNovember 16, 2017
Every employee deserves to work in an environment that is safe and free of hazards. When employers do not maintain certain safety standards, it puts their workers at risk for a wide range of serious and fatal injuries. The National Safety Council (NSC) visits worksites across the country to conduct safety audits, whereby they look for potential safety issues that could possibly endanger workers. The following are some of the most common workplace hazards that the NSC consultants often find:
- Working at Height: Employers must train workers on proper fall protection programs, including where fall protection is necessary and where the engineered anchor points are located.
- Housekeeping Issues: If a spill or some type of mess requires specialized training to properly clean-up, the employee must notify their supervisor so that a qualified worker can be called. NSC team members recommend setting aside a certain amount of time daily, or at least once a week, to make sure the work space is properly cleaned.
- Inappropriate Use of Extensions Cords: Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis for certain operations that require electric power. When they are used for more than several weeks, it can cause a range of problems, from tripping hazards to electrocutions and fire hazards.
- Forklift Hazards: When operating heavy machinery like forklifts, there are many potential hazards if the person operating the machine is rushing or not paying attention. Overloading the forklift can cause it to tip, possibly crushing a worker who is standing nearby. In addition, if the forklift is not properly maintained, it can cause injuries to the person operating the machine, or others in the vicinity.
- Lockout/Tagout Violations: Employers must train workers on the proper lockout/tagout procedures and ensure that they are being followed. Failure to do this, either because of complacency, rushing to finish a job, or unfamiliarity with the equipment, can result in serious injuries.
- Improper Use of Chemicals: Certain chemicals can be extremely hazardous, so it is crucial that employees fully understand what each substance is used for and how to clean and properly store it.
- Risk of Confined Spaces: There are several hazards that can occur in confined spaces, including fires, falls, and getting stuck. Employees can become seriously injured if their employer did not issue a permit or failed to conduct a risk assessment.
To avoid these, and other safety hazards at work, it is important for all employers to provide the proper training. Effective training begins when the person is hired, and should continue within the department that the employee is going to be working. Regularly scheduled refresher training sessions should be scheduled as well to help prevent workplace accidents.
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