At any workplace, whether it’s an industrial warehouse or city office, it’s the employer’s responsibility to make sure employees and customers can safely go about their duties. This means controlling a range of hazards to prevent injuries and encourage a healthy work environment for everyone. But sometimes they need help – many companies these days will have one or more staff representatives whose job it is to ensure that the business conforms to workplace health and safety laws. This may include anything from providing appropriate protective gear, to labelling a stray cord that could be a trip hazard. You can help by pointing out new issues as they arise – after all, your employee or representative may not see every new hazard as it appears. So how do you know what to look for? Here are 4 things that may negatively impact the safety of your workplace.
- Trip Hazards
Loose floorboards, raised entrances, electrical cords and spilt liquids are just some of the things that can cause a trip hazard in the workplace. Slips and trips are some of the most common work-related injuries and can happen in any environment – if you notice something on the floor that might cause someone to fall over, make sure to report it immediately to your representative or employee and take preventative measures (cordon the area off or mark it with hazard tape) to help others avoid injury.
- Heavy Machinery
Not every job deals directly with specialist machinery, but those in industries such as construction or engineering are likely to come into contact with heavy-duty vehicles. If you’re operating a vehicle such as a fork lift or crane, you must ensure that you receive adequate training and wear the correct protective equipment. It’s also vitally important for machine operators to be totally sober and in the right state of mind when performing their job. If you notice that someone isn’t wearing their hard hat, forgets the correct procedure for a task, or seems clumsier than usual, you should take action to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
- Falling Objects
Maybe you work in a warehouse and some boxes are stacked precariously, or perhaps you’re a builder working at a construction site where things keep flying everywhere – any injuries to the head may have significant consequences, so you should take suitable safety precautions. This could involve removing the object that might fall, protecting yourself with a hard hat, or cordoning off the risky area.
- Loose Wires
If you notice that your office has some dodgy light connections or a power point that sparks, you should stop using that outlet immediately, report it to your employer and call in a professional electrician. It’s never a good idea to do your own electrical work if you’re not professionally trained, so don’t risk it.
There are many other things that influence how safe your workplace is, so you should always be on the lookout for anything that might cause damage. However, even the safest workplaces come with an element of risk, and sometimes accidents are unavoidable. If you or one of your employees has been injured at work, you should employ the help of a legal professional – such as the team from Sinnamon Lawyers – to help you navigate through WorkCover and Common Law Claims.
If you have any extra tips for keeping your workplace safe, leave them in the comments below!