Machines can help improve production efficiency in the workplace, but they can also pose serious hazards to a worker’s safety. Depending on the type of machine, these hazards can include puncture injuries (think the bit on a drill press), friction and abrasions, or crushing injuries (like crushed fingers and hands). For this reason, it is important to have proper safety guards in place to prevent injuries.
Whether large or small, mechanical or non-mechanical, machinery has the potential to cause hazards in the workplace. These can include entanglement, impact, ionizing radiation, heat, loud noise and slips and trips. However, the risk of injury can be reduced by training workers, regular maintenance and the use of safety equipment.
All workers must be made aware of the risks involved with working with any particular machinery and given adequate training on its operation. This should be done through a variety of means and regularly reinforced with refresher courses.
Working in extreme temperatures can overwhelm the body’s temperature control system. This can result in a variety of adverse health effects from discomfort to death. For example, heat stress can cause heat stroke, dehydration, fatigue and a reduced ability to concentrate or self-pace, which can lead to careless errors and accidents.
Slips And Trips
Slips, trips and falls are one of the most common workplace accidents, and they can be extremely serious. They occur when there’s not enough traction between a worker’s shoe and the surface they’re walking on, and can happen indoors or out.
A variety of factors can cause them, including spills, puddles and snow; loose mats or rugs; uneven floors; ladders or stepladders; and clutter. Both employers and employees have a responsibility to ensure they take reasonable care not to put themselves in these kinds of situations.