In order to prevent workplace accidents from occurring, you need to first understand what causes them.
Once you've done that, you then need to know what measures you can take to prevent them, before finally implementing them.
This may seem simple enough, but if I were present to you with 2 common causes of workplace accidents, namely working at unsafe speeds and not using personal protective equipment (PPE), would you know how to handle them?
The chances are that you'll be missing something.
So to make sure you deal with each of these causes effectively, take a look at these tips...
1. Tips: Working at unsafe speeds
Do you know the internal and external processes you must follow when conducting an incident investigation?
Whenever you place a claim for one of your employees with COID, the Compensation Commissioner examines your incident report in great detail.
He checks that every detail of the workplace accident or occupational injury has been included along with all the details of your investigations.
Miss just one point and he'll delay your claim and compensation will now be your problem!
That's why you need to follow the correct internal and external processes the first time around.
Many employers will simply look at a desired result, and expect an employee to produce it, without considering all the variables.
For example, age, physical ability and experience all play a part in an employee's work speed.
But if you were to disregard this, and push them, the chances are the quality of their work would decrease. They would begin skipping
health and safety procedures in order to be quicker.
While this may, in the short run, be a good thing in terms of production, the fact is that the quality of work will decrease, and the chances of a workplace accident occurring will go up significantly.
So in order to prevent this, take into consideration all the variables, and make your work speed decisions relative to your employees, instead of fixing requirements on paper.
Whenever an employer pushes an employee beyond his limits, without any consideration or understanding, the chances are the employee is going to find shortcuts. And that is a sure way to have an accident, which will in turn come back to bite you.
2. Tips: Not using PPE
There are various reasons as to why employees won't wear their personal protective equipment.
One of the common reasons has to do with poor discipline.
That's why you should ensure that your supervisors lead by example, in that they always wear their PPE in areas where it's required.
Make PPE usage a point for measuring overall employee performance.
And finally, make wearing PPE a part of your health and safety rules, after which you must notify all your employees that if they get caught being negligent in the workplace, by not wearing their PPE, they could face heavy fines.
This will help ensure your employees wear their PPE, and avoid any unnecessary workplace accidents.
*Those were 2 common causes of workplace accidents, along with tips on how to prevent them.
To learn more, go to Chapter I 07 - Incidents: How to prevent them in the workplace,
in your Health and Safety Advisor
handbook, or click here
if you don't already have it.