No business likes to consider the worst case scenario, but quite often that is what we must do in order to provide a safe and efficient working environment for everyone. Looking at some of OSHA’s 2017 top violations can provide a learning ground for every industry to reconsider some of their safety practices and develop a plan going forward.
Cresting the top of the list in terms of safety issues were fall protection and hazard communication. As with most things in business, communication is key to getting people on the same page about an upcoming issue. Management can promote good hazard communication with the way they react to reports. Many employees feel silenced into not reporting an issue for fear of incurring managerial displeasure. Is it any wonder, then, that poor hazard communication leads to many of the other accidents reported to OSHA? Other issues included ladder accidents, scaffolding, industrial trucks, electrical wiring methods and other expected safety concerns. Again, all preventable for the most part by good, solid communication.
Here at KOMAX, we understand the safety implications of the products our clients need to use in everyday manufacturing processes. Our mixing components prevent fouling and clogging so that your employees are not as subject to downtime and maintenance, exposing themselves to the toxins in the process of manufacturing. Our equipment also greatly reduces noise and vibration, which is a critical health issue in many manufacturing plants over time.
Consider the OSHA report not just a list of violations. It is more like a blueprint so that we all may learn how to better prepare our working environments for maximum safety. The sad fact is, OSHA’s top ten list has not varied much from year to year, meaning there is certainly more room for improvement. Together we can create an environment where everyone gets to go home safely.