In 2018, 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers. This figure didn’t change from the previous year, which made it the first year since 2012 that injuries and illnesses did not decline. Here are some tips to keep your factory safe.
Train employees thoroughly
There are some occupations where you can just wing, but manufacturing isn’t one of them. Proper training is essential in ensuring quality performance, and it’s necessary to promote safety in the workplace.
The better trained an employee is, the less likely they are to experience injuries on the job.
Communicate safety guidelines to your workers, and enforce safety protocols. It’s amazing the number of factory workers who do not wear the proper safety equipment. Wearing safety equipment greatly reduces the risk of injury in the workplace. Plan regular safety inspections to ensure that everything is up to code, and that workers comply to safety guidelines.
Never misuse tools or machinery
It shouldn’t be a surprise if someone gets hurt misusing tools or machinery. Make sure that safety manuals are readily available and stress the importance of proper use of equipment.
Occasionally, there is a freak accident beyond control, but many of the accidents that take place in factories can be avoided. Simply being aware of your surroundings, and keeping a clean, clear work environment can make factories a safer place.
- Eliminate clutter from your work space. Make sure workers have ample space to work.
- Store unused equipment, tools, and items in designated areas.
- Report spills, damaged equipment, etc.
- Eliminate fire hazards.
- There’s a difference between working quickly and working hurriedly. Take your time and avoid accidents or injury.
Regular machine maintenance is a must.
Make sure that your machinery is working properly. Regular cleaning and maintenance on your industrial machinery can help prevent unexpected accidents. Your machinery has safeguards in place to prevent injury to workers, but these safety measures are only effective if your machines are working correctly. Faulty equipment increases the risk of injury in the workplace. Perform routine inspections on machinery, and keep a record of these checks.
Even well maintained machinery can break down over time, however. Call 479-422-0390 today for repair or replacement on your Indramat motion control system.