One of the most important factors of running a business effectively is keeping employees healthy and safe. Safety Lessons Learned is a series designed to provide examples of workplace accidents that result in injury or even death to help employers recognize hazards and put the proper preventative measures in place (names have been changed to ensure confidentiality).
Tree Cutter Lands in Intensive Care After Fall
- Make sure that ladders are positioned at the required angle, using the 4-to-1 Rule: For every 4 feet (1.2 meters) up, place the base of the ladder 1 foot (0.3 meters) from the wall or upper support it rests against.
- Maintain three-point contact - one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot.
- Use a tool belt, backpack, hoist, lift, or ropes to carry tools and equipment, so your hands are free to grip your ladder.
Nursing Home Worker Strains Back While Lifting Resident
- Mechanical lifting equipment
- Worker training on the use of the lifts
- Written resident lifting policy
Distracted Woman Severs Finger While Cleaning Machines
- Prepare for shutdown
- Shut the machine down
- Isolate the machine from its energy source
- Affix a LO/TO device
- Deal with stored or residual energy while LO/TO
- Verify the machine's LO/TO
Five Ways to Create a Safety Culture in Your Workplace
- Focus more on coaching and less on rules.
- Do not succumb to organizational complacency.
- Engage workers in meaningful safety conversations.
- Let integrity lead your workforce. Do things right no matter who is watching.
- Teach employees how to do their jobs correctly and then hold them to a high standard