What are some of the most dangerous jobs in the country? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “Industrial mechanics and maintenance workers experience rates of injuries and illnesses that are much higher than the national average.” There are, however, a number of different ways for workers to safely perform some of the most dangerous tasks and job responsibilities. What are some simple tips to promote industrial mechanics’ safety?
Be Aware of Common Hazards
Americans reported nearly 3 million separate occupational injuries and illnesses just last year, according to the BLS. One simple way to dramatically increase worker safety, especially for industrial and manufacturing workers, is to be especially mindful of common hazards. Many companies implement training specific to the job at hand. For example, when there is a high risk of electrocution or electrical fires, most companies will utilize precautions such as lockout/tagout procedures. In fact, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), more than 3 million companies use some form of lockout/tagout.
Avoid Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive strain injuries account for one quarter of all missed work injuries. Industrial mechanics can avoid repetitive strain by using swivel casters, leveling feet, or forklifts to help transport heavy parts and equipment. If these tools are unavailable, industrial maintenance workers should ask for coworkers’ help when lifting large components or machinery.
Use Proper Protective Tools
Staying safe in an industrial or manufacturing setting also depends on using the right tools. For example, workers should always make certain that wires are securely fastened – never loose, tangled, or trailing along the floor. Cable ties, also called hose ties or zip ties, allow workers to reliably fasten wiring, cables, and cords into place. Manufacturers offer non-metallic materials, such as nylon zip ties, or metallic materials, such as stainless steel cable ties. Workers can use convenient, releasable zip ties for items or equipment that need to be adjusted frequently.
Working in an industrial environment can be incredibly dangerous. Stay safe and avoid common injuries and hazards by knowing company standards and procedures, properly lifting heavy equipment, and using releasable zip ties to secure wiring and cables. References.