Workplace Safety Tips For Industrial Workers

March 11th, 2013

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This is the first part in a series on workplace safety. Stay tuned for part two on safety for administrative personnel.

When you start a new job, there’s a lot to take in.  New policies, procedures, guidelines and the like. In an industrial setting, staying safe on the job is a top priority. That’s why we’re doing an overview of some common workplace safety guidelines for industrial workers. Here’s a refresher course on preventative behaviors that every employee should follow:

1. Appropriate Dress

Never step on site without the appropriate gear, which may include regulation shoes, helmets, safety goggles, gloves, and the like. The dress code was made for a reason and workers must dedicate a portion of time to appropriately dressing themselves for their shift. If you’re not sure what you should wear, contact your supervisor or the ABR office that you registered with.

2. Best Practices for Lifting

Before lifting, check that the item is evenly distributed and make sure your path is clear. To avoid injuries, always bend from the knees with your stomach pulled in and a straight back.  Ask a second person for help with extra heavy items before tackling it on your own. Learn more information about how to properly lift and carry and how to prevent back problems at work.

3. Proper Ladder Usage

Ladders should only be set up on a dry, even surface. When using extension ladders, allow for at least three feet of overlap. One hand should always be touching the ladder when climbing, and you should never climb higher than the top rung – the top of the ladder should hit no lower than your waist. Read more about how to safely use a ladder.

For more information about workplace safety, please see pages 8 and 9 in the ABR Employee Handbook for more information about workplace safety. If you are unable to locate your Employee Handbook, please contact any ABR representative to request a copy.

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