Minimizing Workplace Injuries | Automation Personnel Services


Workplace injuries are a serious concern, costing companies millions of lost dollars and lost productivity per year. In industrial settings, ensuring the safety and well-being of employees and preventing workplace injuries is a top priority. They not only lead to human suffering but also disrupt productivity and impact a company’s bottom line in the way of claims costs and increased insurance premiums.

In 2021 – the latest year data has been made available – the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there were 2.6 million non-fatal workplace injuries, and 5,190 fatal injuries, an 8.9 percent increase over 2020. “With workers’ compensation total costs and liabilities increasing, minimizing the risk of workplace injuries should be a top priority at every company,” said Michael Long, Director of Risk Management for Automation Personnel Services. “By proactively addressing potential hazards and implementing safety protocols, root cause analysis, and accountability, employers can significantly reduce the risk of some of the most common workplace injuries.”

Here are some tips on preventing workplace injuries at your company.

Slips, Trips, and Falls: Navigating the Path to Safety

Slips, trips, and falls constitute a significant percentage of workplace injuries. The good news is that they are largely preventable with proper planning and attention to detail. Keeping work areas clean, organized, and free from clutter is the first line of defense. Regularly inspect and promptly address spills and consider using anti-slip shoes and flooring or mats in moisture-prone zones. Adequate lighting and clear signage are essential for alerting employees to potential hazards. By maintaining walkways and staircases and removing obstacles, you create an environment where employees can move safely and confidently.

Strains and Sprains: Lifting the Burden of Injury

The strains and sprains that often result from improper lifting techniques can be a major hindrance to productivity. Proper training in lifting methods is critical to preventing these workplace injuries. Employees should be educated on in the right way to lift heavy objects and provided with mechanical aids like dollies and carts for assistance with appropriate training. Incorporating stretching and warm-up exercises into daily routines can help reduce the risk of muscle strains incidents and their severity.

Ergonomic workstations and equipment design can further contribute to preventing injuries caused by repetitive motions. Regularly rotating tasks among employees can also alleviate the strain associated with performing the same activity for extended periods.

Machine-Related Injuries: Mastering Machine Safety

Machinery is a cornerstone of industrial operations, but the potential for workplace injuries cannot be underestimated. Thorough training in equipment operation and maintenance is paramount to reducing the risk of machine-related injuries. Implementing lockout/tagout procedures prevents accidental startup during maintenance, safeguarding workers from harm. Providing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, goggles, and hearing protection, is essential when working with machinery.

Additionally, routine inspections and maintenance ensure that machines are in optimal condition, minimizing the chance of malfunctions. Clearly marked danger zones and restricted access to machine areas contribute to a safer work environment.

Falling Objects: Upholding Overhead Safety

The risk of falling objects poses a significant threat for workplace injuries, especially in areas where heavy items are stored. Employers can take several steps to prevent these incidents. Storing heavy items at lower levels and securing them properly are simple yet effective strategies. Protective barriers or nets can be employed to stop objects from falling, ensuring the safety of workers below.

Adhering to proper stacking and storage practices is crucial. Employees should be equipped with hard hats and other necessary PPE when working in areas with overhead hazards. By implementing safety protocols and encouraging caution, the risk of falling objects can be minimized.

Electrical Injuries: Currents of Caution

Electrical workplace injuries are a serious concern in industrial settings. Implementing stringent safety measures is essential to protect workers from electrocution and other related accidents. Adhering to lockout/tagout procedures when working with electrical systems prevents unintended energization during maintenance.

Providing comprehensive training on electrical safety equips employees with the knowledge to identify and address potential risks. Regular inspections and maintenance of electrical equipment and wiring ensure that everything is in optimal condition. Clearly labeled electrical panels and junction boxes facilitate swift action during emergencies. Using insulated tools and wearing appropriate PPE are crucial safeguards when working with electricity.

As industrial workplaces continue to evolve, prioritizing the safety and well-being of employees remains a constant imperative. Slips, trips, and falls, strains and sprains, machine-related injuries, falling objects, and electrical accidents are five common industrial work-related injuries that demand attention. By following the strategies outlined above and nurturing a culture of safety awareness, employers can create a secure environment where employees can thrive without the looming shadow of potential workplace injuries.

About Automation Personnel Services Safety Record

Automation Personnel Services makes the safety and well-being of all associates a top priority. The company has  won the Safety Standard of Excellence® Mark From the American Staffing Association , and is one of fewer than two dozens staffing agencies to earn this prestigious award.

“Over the years Automation Personnel Services has made the safety of our associates a top priority,” said Long, “and this award is a welcome recognition of our company’s dedication to that objective.”

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