Major Safety Hazards to Remove from Your Workplace
The workplace can easily develop unsafe working conditions. People don’t always think about safety, or they are in denial that serious accidents can happen to themselves and loved ones. Little accidents can have serious, and even fatal, consequences. The lawyers at MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law recommend taking a good look at your workplace for the following safety hazards:
When a workplace doesn’t have a cleaning crew, public areas become unkempt and workers don’t always clean up after themselves. Many housekeeping hazards are easy to remove, such as:
- Blocked exits and aisles. When there is a fire or another emergency, you and your employees will have a limited amount of time to safely evacuate the building. Emergency exits, hallways, and aisles are not storage spaces, so if you find clutter blocking these areas, ask your supervisor to relocate it to an appropriate location.
- Spills. If it’s an everyday spill, like food and drink, it’s important to clean it up right away to prevent someone from slipping. If the spill requires a special product, then alert your manager or supervisor so they get the right staff in to handle it. Even though you cannot clean up the spill, fence-off the area or put up signage to alert other employees of the hazard. This way you can still prevent any injury from occurring.
- Leaks. These require the same care as spills; however, the source of the leak needs to be found and fixed to prevent further issues. Have your supervisor call in the right maintenance crew and set up clearly-marked signs to spread awareness of the hazard.
- Over-stocked racks. If racks have too much equipment or materials on their shelves, employees risk sustaining injuries should anything come tumbling down. If racks have stock that is piled too close to ceiling sprinklers, the stock could reduce the sprinklers’ efficiency when there is a fire. For these reasons, make sure shelving and racks are organized and not stacked too high.
In order to handle some electrical problems, you need to be qualified. In these instances, it’s important to notify your supervisor if you find any electrical hazards at your workplace so they call in certified professionals. Some electrical hazards include:
- Wiring. It’s important to always conduct inventory inspections because equipment with frayed wires and other damages can cause fires. Let your supervisor know so they could make a new order and remove the equipment to prevent others from using it.
- Storage. If wires are left on the floor, such as extension cords, they present a tripping and fire hazard. Employees can sustain injuries from falling and be electrocuted if traffic wears out the insulation. If it’s necessary to have an extension cord in the middle of the floor, make sure to use a yellow rubber ramp to protect the wire from traffic and employees from electrical shocks and tripping. Extension cords should be removed at the end of the day or shift and stored in an appropriate place.
- Wrong equipment. People don’t always use extension cords properly. Extension cords are temporary power solutions. If the wrong type of extension cord is used, or if the cords are daisy-chained, they can overheat and cause a fire. Make sure the extension cords you use are made to handle the amount of power your equipment needs. If you need to use an extension cord on a permanent basis, consider a better solution, such as having an outlet installed.
Your Injury and Insurance Lawyers
Employees need to consider safety on a daily basis. Different situations arise, and a good way to get into the habit of thinking about safety is by asking, “What-if?”:
- What if someone needs to access this room/hallway/aisle?
- What if the power is out?
- What if someone is distracted?
MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law provides legal advice and handles negligence claims throughout Atlantic Canada. Our legal team looks into defective building and stair designs, as well as slip-and-fall injuries to get you the compensation you will need to cope with any injuries sustained. We’re here to help injured parties move forward and create a successful future, so get in touch with us today at 1-888-434-0398 toll-free.