How Safe are You? June is Safety Awareness Month

June has been designated as Safety Awareness Month by the National Safety Council (NSC). The goal is to provide information and raise awareness of staying safe at work, at home, and on the roads. We agree that it is extremely important to take safety precautions when working in a manufacturing environment. Although we all have safety protocols and procedures in place, we still see accidents. And, most of the time accidents are preventable. It isn’t the result of a faulty system, it’s the result of a human error.

Humans are the biggest obstacle when it comes to safety. We’ve all done it a time or two—cut corners to save time, taken shortcuts, or decided to break the rules “just this one time.” Unfortunately, those are usually the times that someone gets hurt. Poor decision making is something that can’t be regulated. If an employee doesn’t think something could happen or didn’t think following a safety rule would make a difference, then it is almost impossible to avoid accidents. But, we must try and reduce the number of accidents in manufacturing facilities.

Here is a perfect example of how cutting corners can lead to an accident: If something gets stuck in a machine and, instead of following proper procedures (shutting down machine, putting on safety equipment, etc.), the employee tries to pull it. This could lead to a serious accident. Hands, arms, head, and chest are all exposed to harm.

Accidents can also be prevented by being proactive. Checking machinery to ensure all bolts, belts, motors, wiring, or guards are in good working order will prevent accidents and save time in the long run. Anticipation and being proactive can seriously reduce the number of accidents and keep operations running smoothly. Accidents hurt people and productivity.

Remember Murphy’s Law? It’s just waiting for us to take that shortcut! The majority of safety and quality accidents are simple and small human failures. Procedures are in place for a reason and paying attention to them is important!

What’s the best safety advice? “Safety is no accident.” This is the message we give all our employees: Follow safety rules and policies, avoid shortcuts, and be proactive. Those are the best tools for being safe at work, at home, and on the roads!

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