Most workplace environments have safety measures and best practices in place to keep their employees and customers safe from preventable accidents. This is especially true in the manufacturing industry.
Components Company Inc.’s environment is no exception. As a company committed to our employee’s and customer’s safety, we often review our safety procedures to avoid preventable accidents. As such, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit some safety hazards that regularly occur in the manufacturing industry.
Keeping It Safe
IndustrySafe is a safety software provider that allows companies to track and comply with safety regulations. They mostly cover the construction, manufacturing, government, energy and transportation industries.
We have also found IndustrySafe’s website to be a good source of safety information. They recently released an article called “Top 5 Safety Hazards in the Manufacturing Industry.” We encourage you to read the article and then read our take on the top 5 safety hazards below.
- Falls: IndustrySafe tells us that falls are the leading cause of injury or death when it comes to safety hazards. While most reported falls occur in the construction industry, they can easily happen in manufacturing environments as well. For instance, if a spill on your factory floor isn’t properly cleaned up or wet areas properly marked, a fall could occur. We make it a priority to clearly mark spill areas and clean them up quickly and completely when they occur.
- Guarding Machines: Many accidents occur in the operation of heavy machinery. Machine guards are deterrents – many times bright yellow bars – placed around dangerous areas of the equipment to warn operators from getting too close. Unguarded or improperly guarded machinery has been known to be the cause of severe injuries such as amputations. At Components Company, we use guards and other warning signs on our equipment to ensure the safety of our operators.
- Powered Industrial Trucks: This hazard refers to platform lift trucks (for loading and unloading), fork lifts on the factory floor or motorized hand trucks. We understand that these industrial helpers can be dangerous and make sure all of our operators are properly trained.
- Electrical: Safety hazards involving electrical wiring exist in almost every industry; but they can be extremely dangerous in manufacturing environments where metal conductors are present everywhere. At Components Company, we make sure we don’t have any exposed wires or moisture around electrical wires.
- Lockout/Tagout Procedure: This procedure is used when machinery equipment is in need of or under repair. When lockout/tagout rules are followed, operators ensure that defective machinery is properly shut off without the possibility of unpredictable startup before and during repairs. We enforce strict lockout/tagout procedures on our factory floor to avoid unnecessary accidents during repair work.
As we’ve noted in previous safety posts, manufacturing can be – but doesn’t have to be – a dangerous industry. But if appropriate safety measures are taken, the safety risks on the factory shop floor are decreased immensely.
If you have any questions about safety procedures at Components Company, please do not hesitate to contact us.