You don't need to work surrounded by heavy machinery to face serious health and safety risks, just know that regulatory attention to the extreme end of the workplace hazard spectrum is increasing. It is important to remember that every job comes with potential hazards.
The Workplace Safety Blog
It came as a surprise when one of our clients recently introduced us to a colleague as The Safety Guru in Niagara. What precipitated this very flattering introduction and what has WSG done to receive such praise? A few years ago, Workplace Safety Group created a Heads and Hands portrayal of who we are, why we do what we do and our values as a health and safety resource company. What follows is the introduction to that précis.
National Day of Mourning occurs annually on April 28th in Canada in recognition of all the workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illnesses due to their workplace hazards and/or exposures. We use this day to pay our respects and to promote making workplaces safe and healthy to prevent future workplace incidents.
A company experiencing an employee injury with direct costs of $5,000 is expected to carry indirect costs of approximately $20,000, bringing the total cost to $25,000. Based on a profit margin of 10%, it would take that company $250,000 of revenue creation (and collection) to offset expenses.
Whether it is working dangerously or allowing a worker, known to work unsafely, to continue working, there is no excuse if the worker causes an accident. This is an example of the proverbial ostrich sticking its head in the sand or “it won’t happen to me” syndrome.
Work-related falls from roofs remain a significant problem for workers in the construction industry. Knowledge about the main causative factors leading to fall incidents is needed for fall prevention intervention.
Here are unlikely pairings that many people may not think of: wineries, breweries, distilleries and safety. While you might not think these are a match, the truth is that as the alcoholic beverage industry continues to grow and create jobs, so does the need for safety to ensure the safe return home of each worker at the end of the day.
"Machine guarding hazards remain a top focus for inspectors because of the potential for catastrophic injuries and fatalities,"