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Safety in the Workplace

11/17/2014

Safety in the Workplace

Below are a few tips and focus areas to create discussion and drive behaviors at your site that lead to making safety a priority. 

Proper Lifting

All it takes is one wrong move while lifting to cause injury. Before lifting, take a moment to think about what you are doing, examine the object for sharp corners, slippery spots or other potential hazards, and avoid these common mistakes:

  • Never reach above your shoulders to lift, instead use a step stool or platform
  • Never lift with a rounded back and straight legs
  • Avoid twisting your body when lifting or when carrying, move your feet to change direction
  • Never try to recover a falling load 

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.1 The most common hazards to watch out for and control in your workplace are: 

  • Slippery surfaces (e.g., oil or grease)
  • Seasonal trip hazards (snow and ice)
  • Changes in walkway levels and slopes
  • Poor lighting
  • Unsuitable footwear 

Commercial Driving Safety

Americans spend a significant amount of time on the road each day, both for work and home. New risks and dangerous behaviors continue to surface with the every busy lifestyles of today. Here are several tips for commercial drivers on the road as they interact with other commercial drivers: 

  • Do: steer clear of a truck’s front and rear blind spots; stay back several car lengths and leave 10 car lengths in front for safety cushion
  • Do not: cut in a front a truck when passing. Not only do they have blind spots directly in front of them, their breaking distance and time is much longer
  • Do not: try to turn right before a heavy truck engaging in the same maneuver
  • Do: focus on the task at hand; no texting, talking on the phone, or eating while driving

Remember, embedding a safety culture into your company is paramount to building an environment where employees feel safe, secure, and contribute to the success of the company.

Content courtesy of Kellogg’s Specialty Channels; Adrienne Bunce , Kellogg’s Sustainability Manager and Jennifer Hawks, Kellogg’s Sr. Director Environmental Health and Safety Manager

1“Safety and Health Topics: Walking/Working Surfaces.” N.p., n.d., Web. 5 June 2014

 

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