4 Ways to Improve Workplace Safety


Mountain Regional Equipment Solutions has become known for our automated lubrication products, as well as our active and passive safety systems. While just about every piece of heavy machinery is better off with automated lubrication, literally every industry is better off after making advances in the area of safety.  Today, we'd like to highlight 4 of the best ways to improve workplace safety:

1) Establish Continuity with Safety Procedures: If the protocol for entering a warehouse is to attach a forklift communication signal to one's shirt, then make sure everyone puts on the signal before entering the warehouse.  When one employee decides not to wear the device, other employees can assume that the device is no longer required; and, eventually, someone casually walks into the warehouse and gets blindsided by a forklift operator, who made the assumption that no one was in the area because his device did not pick up on a signal.  Additionally, when continuity is consistently met, more employees are able to identify additional safety procedures that can be added to further increase safety.  Start with continuity and then look for opportunities to become more efficient.

2) Always be on Guard and Ready to Act: One procedure that should always be in place is having immediate calls to action.  This could mean strategically placing fire alarms in specific areas that are prone to catch fire; or, having phones that automatically dial 911 when they're picked up.  This may seem obvious; however, since the workplace death toll remains above zero for the year, it's important to reiterate.  All employees should know what to do in an emergency and they should always be on guard and ready to act when an emergency presents itself.  Vigilant employees are the first to notice when something's wrong and they'll be the first to seek out emergency services.  Sometimes a matter of ten seconds can change a fatality to a serious but recoverable injury.  Good training can make everyone a vigilant employee.

3) High Quality Safety Training: On that note, safety training should be made a priority.  This might be difficult because training can be seen as a cost of both time and money; but, the consequence of not having the training could result in something far worse than a loss of time and money.  High-risk situations should be identified by managers and extra training should be allotted to those areas.  At the end of the day, less accidents means more production which is why the company was started in the first place.  The whole business is halted when an accident occurs, and then you have to deal with both the injury and the loss.  There are dozens of new safety practices that weren't around ten or twenty years ago.  Do you know what they are?  If not, it's about time you found out.

4) Implement the Latest Safety Technology: Similarly to new safety practices coming into fruition, technology has made huge advances in workplace safety and can now be implemented relatively easily.  For example, Claitec's Pedestrian Alert System will use RFID sensors to aid in the highest safety practices within areas where your forklifts roam.  It cautions the forklift operator if a pedestrian is in the area before a possible accident occurs.  As long as both parties have their sensors on, the likelihood of an accident is minimal.  Another technological advance is the Low Speed Area System, which will automatically adjust the speed of a forklift when it enters the specific parts of a warehouse where pedestrian traffic is unusually high.  These are just two examples that are specific to warehouse and forklift safety; however, these types of advances have taken place in just about every industry out there.

Don't wait for an accident to occur before implementing the proper safety protocols; and, remember that any way to make the workplace safer is always worth the time, money, and effort.  Our goal is 100% safety and a fatality rate of 0%.  To discuss implementing the Claitec suite of products, please contact one of our specialists today.

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