Numbers tell a grim story.
The National Bureau of Labor Statistics has come forth with information that sheds light on the dismal condition of safety at work in the United States. 13 people die on their jobs every day. These instances are steadily increasing. And 100% of these deaths are preventable.
Generally, a single employee succumbs to injuries or mishap. But the incident impacts the collective. Most fatalities occur in industries like construction, maintenance and engineering where balance, hand-eye coordination, and vigilance are the need of the hour. Any sort of distraction is a recipe for disaster and precipitates more accidents.
June is National Safety Month:
It is important for businesses to really understand the essence of the National Safety Month. It shouldn’t be observed as a token gesture to placate employees. Companies need to embed safety and safety best practices in work culture so that slips, falls, cuts, tears, explosions and deaths don’t happen because of negligence. A secure workforce is a productive workforce – one that is capable of hitting deadlines, innovating and focusing on quality.
As the number of preventable accidents decreases, employee morale peaks. And a marked absence of lawsuits and compensation demands also adds to the profit, bottom-line.
- Understand the risks posed to their employees based on their unique industry
- Devise a slew of measures to mitigate them
- Instruct workers to put these measures into practice – every day
- Track improvements and tweak or reinforce concepts as needed
Handbook of Everyday Safety:
Caylor serves many industries including maintenance, engineering, construction and general contracting. Most of them have high fatality at work numbers.
As an expert in safety, commonly going 365+ days without an accident, we are here to spread some effective precautions to avert accidents:
- If pipes collapse, they can cause a lot of damage. It is essential to secure tubing in place with pipe and tube hangers.
- Falls from heights and scaffoldings claim the most lives. Employees should wear well-inspected body harnesses at all points of time and only work on platforms that are at least 10 feet away from power lines and well secured with quality braces, brackets, trusses and screw legs.
- Ladders in use shouldn’t be damaged or distorted in any way and stairs need to be hemmed by handrails.
- Chemical exposure is yet another hazard. Awareness is the best solution and employees need to recognize signs of volatility in the substances they use every day.
- Heavy machinery can prove to be lethal if not handled right. Only highly trained operators should be allowed access to the machines and employees must maintain eye contact with the operator at all times when maneuvering around them.
Caylor believes in enforcing safety measures in our own factories and warehouses and provides top of the line components that ensure safety of customers in challenging industries.
If you want to learn more about Caylor Industrial Sales’ catalog, please call 706-226-3198.