Accidents on the job not only threaten the health and livelihood of manual laborers, but they also financially burden businesses of all sizes for millions of dollars every single year. The first step in reducing this risk to both yourself and your employees, is understanding the top factors associated with workplace injuries, and then effectively teaching them to your workers. Let’s start with what you should have in place before your workforce ever hits the floor.
Creating a Safe Workplace
In addition to organization, your workspace should be kept clean. Sawdust, shavings, water, or other liquids are slips waiting to happen. This also goes for trash and stray materials, which present tripping hazards when left laying around. Most people reading this likely already have their workspace setup, but it’s still worth taking the time to re-evaluate your workspace with these things in mind.
Encourage Your Employees to be Aware of Their Limits
Keep Employee Lines of Communication Open
On the other hand, employees should be comfortable reporting safety concerns of their own to their manager(s). This is when it’s your turn to listen, and you can always gain valuable insights by paying attention to the thoughts and concerns of those out on the work floor or in the field each day. Striking a balance in positive communication is essential to managing a safe work force.
I also encourage everyone, at all levels of management, to make regular visits to the work floor, or travel out into the field to see first hand what your workers see. You can gain invaluable information from these trips that can be hard to see from afar. This also encourages good communication and regular interaction with employees.
Best of luck, and above all, be safe out there.
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