Do the Right Thing | Common Workplace Safety Mistakes

Mistakes happen. However in the workplace, mistakes can be dangerous to your health and safety. Below are some common workplace mistakes that can lead to injuries and accidents. By familiarizing yourself with these common mistakes, you can take corrective action before an accident occurs and avoid getting hurt.

7 Common Safety Mistakes in the Workplace

  • Cutting Corners: When companies and employees cut corners to expedite processes or training, it can lead to tragic mistakes. Take the time to plan out safe procedures and effective safety controls, and then follow through with proper implementation. Don’t let pressures to complete tasks quickly outweigh your commitment to your own safety and health.

  • Overlooking Close Calls: Near misses can provide a wealth of information about potential accidents in the workplace. When faced with a close call, ensure you discuss the incident with your management and co-workers, and find/implement effective controls to avoid the situation from occurring in the future.
  • Improper Use of Tools and Equipment: In order to help avoid unexpected hazards on the job, ensure tools and equipment have been properly inspected and maintained prior to use. Don’t use any tools or equipment that aren’t functioning properly or that show signs of damage. Always use the proper tool designed for the job at hand.
  • Ignoring Slip and Fall Hazards: Slips and falls are leading causes of workplace injuries. To help avoid this hazard, keep aisles and walkways clear of debris, boxes, cords, and unnecessary items. Use non-slip rugs and hazard signs in slippery areas. Clean up spills quickly.
  • Missing or Improper Personal Protective Equipment: Always use properly fitting, well maintained PPE to provide the right level of protection for the task. Don’t make excuses to justify not using the needed PPE.
  • Being Unaware of Your Surroundings: It’s easy to become laser focused on a task and forget about your surroundings. Make sure you’re aware of the equipment hazards in your work area and other potential dangers. Look out for items that could fall from above and situations where you could get caught-in equipment.
  • Not Knowing Your Limits: Overexertion commonly leads to serious workplace injuries. Don’t try to lift objects that are too heavy to handle. Take breaks from repetitive activities to stretch and rest your muscles. Follow ergonomic best practices for your type of job. Know what you can handle and don’t push yourself beyond your limits.

By avoiding common workplace mistakes, you can improve your safety on the job. It just takes one accident to negatively impact the rest of your life, so a little prevention is worth your effort.

Date Posted: 03-27-2018
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