If you want to avoid the hassle of paying for a bunch of injury claims, the best thing you can do is take action and implement a plan to ensure proper workplace safety. Not only is it the financially smart thing to do, but it’s also the morally correct thing to do.
The best way to prevent workplace accidents is proper safety education. When workers are informed about the reasons behind a particular safety rule, they will be far more likely to follow it. Essentially, this method works because no one wants to be hurt on the job.
Even a well-compensated worker will usually consider their health to be more important than their job. When people break safety rules, it’s usually because they don’t understand that the rules are there for the sole purpose of protecting them.
You should definitely make use of floor markings to help your workers understand where they are at all times. By marking off the dangerous zones, you are giving the employees a clear message to stay out of that area. Also, you can use these markings in the walkways to help ensure orderly movement from one place to another. There are many different kinds of industrial floor markings, but their function is fairly universal across industries.
Fire safety is another thing to consider. In a large factory, a fire could very quickly cause a stampede of frightened people. If this happens, it would certainly help to have the fire escape routes clearly marked. OSHA regulations require that red should also be used to designate the location of fire extinguishers and similar equipment.
Your floor markings can be complemented with selective use of railings. In almost any industrial environment, you will have certain areas that are potentially dangerous. This could be a station where caustic chemicals are processed or a place where dangerous materials are stored.
While floor markings will often be enough to deter people, a tangible, physical barrier will help to remind those who are not as quick on the uptake. The only potential downside of railings is that they could potentially become obstacles in the event of a fire. However, this problem can be avoided with careful placement.
With a little bit of investment and a little bit of common sense, many accidents can be avoided. As a final note, always remember that your safety plan must be made so that anyone will be able to understand it regardless of knowledge level. If everyone is well-informed and well-trained, all but the most random of freak accidents can be avoided.