As an employer, you must be prepared for on-the-job injuries. With a variety of roles and tasks comes a broader scope of risk for many different types of injuries. Those in the manufacturing industry face hazardous situations daily. You can help protect employees by taking proactive measures in preventing these injuries. The first step in prevention is awareness.
Consider these methods to prevent common on-the-job injuries in the manufacturing industry.
Maintain Proper Equipment
The majority of manufacturing injuries are due to encountering dangerous objects. The injuries can be prevented simply with the appropriate safety gear like gloves or goggles. Injuries are also often due to inadequate or worn down tools that no longer function effectively, causing employees to use extra force or motions to complete their tasks. This makes injuries much more likely. If specific tools or equipment are needed to complete daily tasks, they should be serviced regularly and checked for wear that may lead to misuse.
Strong Training Program
It is worth your while to properly train employees to use better techniques, as it will save you money in the long run. Even better, educating them on how they should hold a tool or lift heavy objects can prevent injuries. Consider implementing visual safety reminders regarding possible hazards around worksites as well.
Reduce Hazardous Substances Exposure
Exposure to hazardous chemicals or other substances is also very common among manufacturing operations. Avoid these injuries by providing proper protective gear or guidelines for employees to follow. Hazardous areas should be marked with clear signage so employees can remain on alert for this.
Overworked or exhausted employees are much more likely to make mistakes. It is crucial that employees get as much rest as possible to complete their tasks adequately and safely. Only focusing on productivity is not worth a resulting workers’ compensation claim.
Each and every individual has varying capabilities, whether it be due to strength, mobility, etc. No two individuals should be expected to handle the exact same workload. Avoid overexertion injuries by evaluating how employees can handle tasks based on body functionality.
Stay Up to Code
Since each business is unique, there will be different licenses that are required. It is in your best interest to stay up to date on all compliances. If an employee becomes injured on the job without a current license required to perform that job task, you could face some serious issues.
Reduce Repetitive Motion Strains
Are your employees engaging in repetitive motions to perform their duties? This can lead to muscle and joint strains, possibly even tissue breakdown. These injuries may cause long-term medical issues. Consider using a rotation program to alternate employees’ routines throughout their shift.
Employees should never take shortcuts because they felt pressured to get their work done quickly. Rushing their workload will cause them to leave out safety protocols, so it is important that employees are encouraged to put safety above all else. It is up to you to set the tone for a safe work environment. This will save money in the long run, as cutting corners makes injuries much more likely.
How are you communicating safety procedures and protocols? Thorough, consistent communication is key for a successful business. All employees should be well aware of how to report injuries. Since they are front and center with the work regularly, it is also smart to ask for their feedback on how to better prevent injuries. It is impossible to completely prevent injuries, which is why NJ Manufacturing Insurance is so important.
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