Avoid these common production floor accidents with proper safety identification and these safety tips.
It's no surprise that the production floor is where most occupational injuries occur. Each facility has unique safety issues that require specific training and safety signage. There are, however, a few safety hazards that occur on all production floors and can be avoided if the appropriate safety measures—and associated signage—are put in place.
Here are 7 common production floor accidents and the products that will help you avoid them.
Forgetting PPE in hazardous situations
One of the easiest ways to ensure safety on the production floor is to make sure workers have the appropriate PPE, whether that’s earplugs, face masks, gloves, or goggles. If your workers are handling hazardous gasses or chemicals, make sure they are trained on which PPE is needed and include signage where hazardous materials are stored. If an employee is entering a low-oxygen, confined space, make sure they first pass a confined space identification sign. In addition to supplying employees with PPE, hang a PPE cleaning and disinfection station in your facility for extra protection.
Slips, trips, and falls
Violations related to slips, trips, and falls are always on OSHA’s top ten list, and it’s no wonder why. It’s easy for employees to slip or trip when distracted by a task, but when you add equipment, extension cords, and ladders to the equation, these injuries become even more pervasive. Keep the production floor clear of boxes and inventory, tools that aren’t in use, and cords. If something should spill, immediately put out a “slippery when wet” safety sign and clean up the spill as quickly as possible. And if your team frequently uses ladders, be sure to hang signage that promotes ladder safety, including ladders last policy and ladder safety best practices sign.
A mismanaged or non-existent LOTO program
Another accident constantly found on OSHA’s top ten list is injuries related to lockout tagout (LOTO) programs. When machinery needs to be serviced, the person working on the machine can be seriously injured if the machine is turned on while they are still working. LOTO locks and tags ensure it’s clear to everyone on the floor that a machine is being serviced and should not be turned on. Accuform offers a number of LOTO safety products, including a lockout procedure station kit that allows you to document and track lockout procedures in one location.
Injuries caused by machinery and pinch points
Manufacturing machinery has a lot of dangerous moving parts, so machine guards are a must for keeping employees safe. It’s also vital to have pinch point warning signs anywhere an employee could get caught between a moving and stationary part of a machine or two moving machine parts. If your production floor has forklifts or industrial trucks, there are a number of injuries that can be avoided with the proper inspection checklists, overloading signage, and heavy-duty floor tape to mark traffic routes.
Lack of training
Keep your production floor safe by investing in training materials and safety signage. Accuform offers thousands of products that help you promote safe practices in the workplace. If you can’t find a product that meets your exact needs or if you want to create a branded safety communication system, contact the personalization experts at CustomerService@Accuform.com.
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