Preventing Accidents

Work Safe, Keep Safe

Preventing accidents in the workplace is the best way to keep safe at work.

Most accidents are the result of three things:

  1. Not recognizing hazards. People don’t take the time to get the information they need to work safely so they’re not aware of all the potential hazards.
  2. Not paying attention. They don’t concentrate on what they’re doing; they’ve got their mind on other things so they don’t see a problem coming.
  3. Taking risks. They don’t think they’re going to get hurt so they take chances, cut corners, and do other risky things like fail to wear required PPE.

That means you can prevent accidents by identifying hazards and taking precautions. Remember eight simple tips for preventing job accidents:

Work carefully and wisely—no rushing, no shortcuts.

Organize your work and plan each job before you start.

Remain alert for hazards while you work.

Know what to do in an emergency.

Seek the information you need to start and complete the job safely.

Ask if there’s anything you don’t understand.

Focus on what you’re doing and avoid distractions.

Examine tools and equipment to make sure they’re in good condition.

Conveyor Convenience: Stay safe around these machines

Conveyors make operations more efficient. Follow these safety rules:

  • Make sure all guards are in place.
  • Know where the “start” and “stop” buttons are. Keep the area around them clear at all times. Most conveyors have extra emergency pull cords that run the length of the conveyor.
  • Know the warning signal when the conveyer is being started. Make sure no co-workers are too close to the conveyor before starting the equipment.
  • Obey all signs warning of danger areas.
  • Never climb, step, walk, or ride on a conveyor.
  • Know the load limit for the conveyor and never exceed it.
  • Practice good housekeeping around the conveyor; loose pieces of scrap or dust and dirt can cause a clog or jam.
  • NEVER try to clear a jam when the conveyer is running! Stop the conveyer, turn off the power, and clear the jam only if it is obvious how to do so and your supervisor permits it.
  • Sound the warning signal before restarting the conveyor.
  • If in doubt about how to proceed, call your supervisor or a repairman. Following lockout/tagout procedures may be necessary to clear the jam and prevent it from happening again.
  • Only authorized employees who have had special training are allowed to perform lockout/tagout procedures