The starting point for promoting workplace safety is having an awareness of the possible risks which pop up every day. There were 501 people killed while carrying out work activity from 2008 to 2017. That is before you mention the thousands more who have suffered serious injuries within that time.
The majority of these accidents could certainly have ben avoided. Having the necessary safety structures in place within the workplace is a must, but this won’t happen without first having this awareness and carrying out a risk assessment before work is carried out.
Working At Height
In the case of working at height, organisations can carry out many other initiatives to ensure that their employees are kept safe at all times. An appropriate safety system such as a cable system or guardrail is a must where there are exposed edges when roofs have to be frequented.
Constant Promotion of Workplace Safety
In conjunction with this, in-house training, toolbox talks and the constant promotion of safety within the organisation will all have a big effect. Promotion of safety through visual displays, company websites and through a social media presence will all help to increase safety awareness.
Safety On Factory Floors And Ground Level
This is also the case within a factory floor or on ground level. Here, the risk isn’t always as obvious and workers often don’t take the same precautions.
Despite falls from height still being one of the bigger causes of fatalities and serious injury today, there is of course the same need for safety awareness within this environment. Different types of hazards can also exist, such as moving machinery, toxic materials and subtle changes in surface levels. Safety equipment such as handrail barriers, safety gates and access platforms are vital safety components to protect from such risks.
Martin O’Halloran of the HSA:
“Our message to organisations is simple; protect your people, your business and reputation by identifying hazardous activity and putting plans in place to reduce risks. Don’t wait until an accident or near miss occurs, make safety paramount today.”
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