In the U.S., employees are injured in the workplace every seven seconds. However, many of those injuries could have been prevented. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), preventable safety violations are often linked to workplace injuries. Knowing some of the most common violations can help you avoid them at all costs.
3 workplace safety violations you could be making
Many workplace safety violations occur without employers realizing it. With so much on their plate, it can be easy to overlook seemingly small issues. However, even a small issue like a crack in the floor or rickety ladder can cause serious injuries. Here are some safety violations you could be making in the workplace without knowing it:
- Forgetting to check your ladders — Over the last 10 years, the number of ladder-related injuries has increased by 50%. Many ladder injuries are due to falls from improper usage or old equipment. It is important to routinely inspect your ladders for safety and stability so that employees are safer when using them.
- Skipping training and communication — When employees are taught proper body mechanics while working, they can avoid injuries in the first place. Ergonomic training can model proper lifting, climbing and pulling techniques. As a result, employees can be empowered to prevent injuries. If you aren’t offering ergonomic training on a regular basis, you could be increasing employees’ risk for injury.
- Not enforcing proper eye protection or mask wearing — The workplace can expose employees to harmful airborne substances like dust and smoke. Without the use of respirators, employees can develop lung injuries and diseases. Proper eyewear can be just as important in a similar environment. Employers should routinely check if their employees are wearing the proper gear to minimize injuries in the workplace.
Work-Fit can help you eliminate workplace safety violations
Your employees’ safety is your number one concern. That’s why our team at Work-Fit offers ergonomic and wellness programs that can keep your workers fit for work. Contact our team today for more information about our services or to learn how we can help keep your employees safe on the job.