Sometimes emergencies happen at the workplace. These emergencies can be very scary and stressful for everyone involved. Most work-related injuries can be prevented with the proper training, management and the use of best practices. An injury in the workplace is not an enjoyable matter and can have a serious impact on productivity, workplace morale, and safety standards as a whole. With a little bit of extra care, and some proper precautions, an employer can work together with their employees in order to help prevent these workplace injuries from happening. Whether you are the employer or the employee, here are some easy tips to use to help prevent workplace injuries.
- Mobile equipment should be kept away from pedestrian traffic. That means keep forklifts, floor cleaners, pallet jacks and any other motorized or mobile pieces of equipment out of hallways, corridors, and other highly populated areas during regular work, or peak time work hours. If you have to have these items in the halls or highly populated places, consider installing safety mirrors in the corners of the office. These safety mirrors can help prevent crushed feet or toes, or other severe accidents due to collisions. Another alternative is to temporarily shut down that section of the warehouse, building, or aisle you are working in. This will prevent unwanted interference from unknowing employees, customers or people.
- Make sure to always have someone guard a machine if it is left temporarily unattended. Lockout/tagout is also a very helpful procedure to ensure that machinery does not severely maim an individual.
- It is also important to keep your work environment very clean. Keeping litter off the floor, floors dry and clean, and other keeping hazards away from commonly used hallways, docks, aisles and paths will help to prevent slips, falls, punctures and many other workplace hazards.
- Consider using bright contrasting colors in places where visibility is limited. Stairwells, ramps and passageways are all areas where brightly colored contrasting tapes, reflectors, and similar materials can be used to help prevent slips, trips and foot injuries.
Are you constantly on your feet? Having a hard time switching up positions at work? Do not wait to take action, a trained podiatrist can help. Contact Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let stress fractures stress you out.