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Ten Overlooked Details That Make a Worksite Very Dangerous

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Worksites, whether it is a construction worksite, office work site, or home workplace, all worksites can be dangerous, as this report from Safe Work Australia indicates. While there are rules in place to minimize workplace injuries, it always seems that something gets missed that would make the accidents that do occur avoidable. Here are ten overlooked details that make a worksite very dangerous.

  1. Hazardous Chemicals

If there are dangerous chemicals present in the workplace, make sure that they are properly stored and maintained, preferably in one of many types of work sheds designed for this purpose. Make sure that the safety sheets for each chemical are on hand as well as the number to poison control.

  1. Wiring

It is so easy just to plug in another electronic item into an outlet without noticing if the cord needs servicing or presents a trip hazard. Make sure all wiring is harnessed and does not have any frays or cuts.

  1. Tripping hazards

Putting a box in the middle of the hall can be dangerous and foolhardy. Make sure that hallways are kept clear of debris that could increase the chances of not paying attention and falling.

  1. Clutter

Overflowing trashcans, large amounts of paperwork left out, and untidy work areas present many different types of hazards, such as fire hazards or tripping hazards. Make sure that work areas remain tidy.

  1. Liquids

Water, coffee, rain – all can create workplace hazards if not properly contained. Make sure leaks are contained as soon they are noticed, and that coffee and water are properly capped or spill proof. Liquids are responsible for electrical fires and slip and fall injuries.

  1. Equipment Maintenance

Wear and tear on tools can be dangerous if they are not properly maintained and fixed as needed. Frayed straps and ropes can break, cut wires can electrocute or cause fires, and power tools can cause severe injuries if not maintained regularly.

  1. Improper Tool Use

No matter how many rules a company has around safety, it means nothing if they are not followed. Make sure that tools are used correctly, and for their intended purpose. Wrenches and screwdrivers are not hammers.

  1. Climbing

Climbing, done improperly or using the wrong equipment can cause fall injuries and death. Make sure that ladders are on solid ground and are the proper height for the job, and that one climbs down the same way one climbed up: hand over hand, foot over foot. Make sure the ladder is dry to prevent slipping.

  1. Respiratory Awareness

Mold, dangerous chemicals, and hazardous materials require that the proper breathing apparatus be used. If facemasks and filters are improperly used, serious complications can arise months and years down the road.

  1. Proper Clothing

Hypothermia in cold climates and heat exhaustion in warmer temperatures are realities of working outdoors. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather and get the proper amount of rest breaks and nourishment. In any weather, work sheds should be used to keep body temperatures down during the summer and up during the winter.
Many workplace injuries are caused by not paying attention to the specific conditions that lead to the hazards that are their root cause. Pay attention, do not take short cuts, and thinking safety are the only way to truly have an injury free workplace.

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