Recognizing the acts that lead to workplace accidents is one of the most important ways to mitigate risks and to keep everyone safe. It’s also a way to decrease the occurrence of an OSHA citation. If you are currently facing an OSHA claim, do not hesitate to consult with a Tennessee OSHA defense lawyer.
In part one of our article, we introduced you to the first set of unsafe acts that cause accidents on job sites; this article will conclude our list.
7. Improperly Using Tools or Equipment
As a matter of convenience, ignorance, or blatant disregard, a worker may choose to use a substitute tool to get a task done. Only use tools and equipment for what they were designed for, or else, risk injury or damage your tools.
8. Standing in Unsafe Zones
There will be unsafe zones on job sites, therefore, it’s critical that employers properly inform employees about these areas. Greatly reduce access to them or only allow restricted access by key personnel to these zones.
9. Servicing Moving Equipment
Employers must communicate and enforce zero tolerance for servicing moving equipment. Injuries can be greatly reduced if employees remember to shut off machinery before reaching in to remove an object.
10. Riding Equipment Not Designed for Passengers
Riding equipment such as a conveyor belt or the forks of the forklift, for example, should never be tolerated.
Horseplay may be a friendly way to let off steam, but it is dangerous and only increases distractions, decreases concentration, and creates unnecessary risks in the workplace.
12. Failure to Wear the Right Protective Equipment
The purpose of personal protective equipment is to protect workers, but when workers forego safety equipment such as safety glasses, work boots, gloves, hard hats, respiratory protection, ear plugs, they place themselves at greater risk of injury.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.