As fun as they look to operate, forklifts are a serious workplace hazard. OSHA estimates that there are 110,000 forklift accidents each year and that an American worker is killed in a forklift-related accident every three days. There’s no question that the human costs are high, but forklift accidents hurt financially, too. According to the National Safety Council, these accidents cost employers an average of $48,000 per work-related disabling injury and $1.39 million per death.
Warehouses need safety too. When was the last time you were witness to a “near-miss forklift accident” at a busy intersection in your warehouse or distribution center? Chances are the memory is not that distant if you are one of those forklift drivers. The sad truth is that there are safety directors that have had to experience these events under their watch and what’s worse is, that they’re sometimes limited by budget restraints to properly resolve these problems.
When working with halogen and strobe lights, manufacturers traditionally use watts to relay the “brightness” of the light output. A watt is a measurement of power, so when more efficient and brighter LEDs were introduced that produced less power, watts no longer conveyed the same meaning. Lumens started to gain more traction in the market. A lumen measures the actual light emitted from the source over a period of time.
The National Safety Council recognizes April as driving awareness month to draw attention to distracted driving. According to the NSC, thousands of people die every year from distracted driving – whether making phone calls, texting, drowsy driving, or eating a sandwich, distracted driving comes in various forms…but are all equally as fatal. Taking your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel, even for just a couple of seconds, puts yourself and others in a dangerous situation.
Working on a construction site can be a dangerous occupation; that much is true. According to a report from Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), construction-related fatalities accounted for 21.1% of all worker fatalities in 2018. With nearly 6.5 million people working at over 250,000 construction sites across the U.S. on any given day, it’s easy to see why enforcing preventative construction site safety procedures is critical.
Ever had an odd safety incident happen at your workplace and you have to stop and ask yourself, “is it recordable?” Try your hand at these 3 different safety scenarios below. First, test your safety prowess to know if these incidents are recordable. Next, can you back up your answer with the why?
As safety professionals and supervisors, it’s easy to see if a worker is not wearing their PPE, or if someone is leaning that A-frame ladder up against a wall. But, what about vehicle, machinery and equipment inspections? How can you visually inspect these for safety readiness?
Prevention is the first line of defense to industrial spills in the workplace, but being prepared to react and respond is critical. A successful Spill Response Action Plan will prevent an accidental spill from becoming an even larger disaster. Here are 7 steps to help you build your Spill Response Action Plan.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year and the effects go far beyond loss of hearing. Exposure to excessive noise can affect more than just workers’ hearing. It can also create dangerous situations.