Assembly Associate Safety Concerns
Manufacturing companies are focused on producing large batches of products while maintaining quality standards and meeting strict deadlines.
This effort calls for manufacturing facilities to maintain an equilibrium between productivity and worker safety. OSHA standards and regulations help to keep assembly workers safe, but chemical hazards, heavy machinery and industrial vehicles still pose significant risks to everybody working in manufacturing.
Slips, Trips and Falls
Taken collectively, slips, trips and falls are the most common type of hazard in manufacturing. While these types of accidents often cause minor injuries, they can be deadly. Work on high platforms, ladders or slippery surfaces only increases this risk of serious injury or even death.
Most industries require personal protective equipment (PPE), such as hard hats and harnesses, meant to guard against falls. It is very important that employees receive proper safety training on how to properly use PPE and other protective gear or equipment. Training should also focus on mitigating complacency with respect to safety. Frame of mind is very important, and supervisors should work to make certain safety stays top of mind.
Chemical and Physical Hazards
Caustic liquids, exposed electrical systems, conveyor belts and automated machines all make for a dangerous work environment. Wearing PPE and proper training on best practices can significantly lessen the risks associated with working in this environment.
Given the pressures of maintaining productivity, it’s easy for people to fall into the trap of reckless behavior. The chance for reckless behavior increases when employees are asked to work overtime long hours.
Companies can guard against unsafe, reckless behavior by prioritizing a culture of safety and putting workers’ safety ahead of productivity.
Confined spaces, like a large vat or tank, present a number of risks, such as suffocation. Training is crucial in making certain best safety practices are followed while working in confined spaces.
The effects of suffocation can onset quickly. An employee may be incapable of reacting in time to a suffocation situation. As with many possibly hazardous situations, it is best for employees to be in pairs in a confined space situation, with one worker outside the confined space. In this situation, the outside employee who can help or ask for help if an issue comes up.
It is also critical for employees to understand what is considered confined space for safety purposes. Training is essential and all confined spaces should be clearly marked. Any rescue equipment, such as an oxygen mask, should nearby so it can be accessed quickly in case of an emergency. Even though it is not needed to train all employees in the usage of such equipment, those working in confined spaces ought to have a good understanding of how to use it.
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At Quanta, we only partner with employers who prioritize the safety of their employees over productivity. If you are currently looking for an employer with a strong sense of worker safety, please contact us today to find out how we can help.