Whether you run a manufacturing plant or a shipping warehouse, there is no denying that industrial facilities present a unique set of challenges not found in a white-collar office. In addition to ensuring that equipment and inventory are kept in good shape, facilities managers must also take steps to ensure employee safety. Avoidable injuries can lead to lost productivity, lawsuits, and other serious complications. Here are some of the most common hazards you have the responsibility to prevent.
Slips and falls are perhaps the most common type of accident in industrial settings. Whether working on a high platform or in an area where spills are likely, these accidents are a leading cause of workplace injury and death in North America. You can prevent fall with a roof edge protection system installed along rooftops or other raised platforms. Establishing a system for your team to report and address spills and other tripping hazards will also help prevent accidents. Individuals working in areas where this is a risk should wear hard hats and safety glasses at all times.
2. Fire & Electric Hazards
Industrial facilities frequently make use of welding equipment or other tools that produce sparks or flames. While wearing adequate safety equipment will reduce the risk of injury, facilities managers must also account for the possibility of flames or electrical currents getting out of control. You don’t want a fire to put lives and property at risk. Fire sprinkler systems are an absolute must in an industrial facility. You should also train employees on evacuation procedures and proper use of a fire extinguisher. Regular drills will ensure that everyone knows how to respond appropriately should an incident occur.
3. Accidents Involving Heavy Machinery
From forklifts to pallet jacks, the average warehouse uses a vast array of heavy machinery to get the job done. With this equipment comes a natural risk for accidents. You can mitigate this risk by providing training on how to properly use all equipment within the warehouse. Maintain separate lanes for heavy machinery and pedestrians to prevent potential collisions. Facilities managers should also be mindful of the deadlines placed upon their workers. Unreasonable expectations can cause workers to neglect safety standards to meet a tight deadline. Strictly enforce rules regarding load size and driving speed to keep everyone safe.
You can never make a workplace completely accident-proof. However, you have the responsibility to make the working environment as safe as possible. By taking steps to mitigate these and other common hazards at your facilities, you will protect both your employees and your bottom line.