Safety is priority. Safety is paramount.
According to the data available in the website of International Labour Organisation, at least 2.3 million women and men around the world succumb to work-related accidents or diseases every year.
||340 million occupational accidents
The ILO updates the data at intervals and it indicates an increase of accidents.
It has been reported in the newspapers that there has been 30 industrial accidents in India in the months of May, June and first week of July, the data of which has been provided by IndustriALL, a global union of workers.
It has also been documented that as much as 8,004 incidents occurred in Indian workplaces killing 6368 employees, from the year 2014 to 2017. Most accidents occurred while operating machinery, followed by general industrial accidents.
|2014 to 2017
These figures boil down to the one important fact – Safety is everyone’s responsibility.
The roadmap to safety
- Acknowledge the fact that work in the crushing industry is as dangerous as in any other industrial plant.
- The employees must be conditioned to think that not only their safety but others’ too depend on their actions.
- Drive home the fact that incidents can be prevented if the right approach is taken.
- Unsafe practices or conditions must be reported immediately, even if it creates friction among people or it takes an effort to change for greater good.
- The work pressure to meet deadlines must not result in employees rushing in, at the workplace. Employees must opt for correct approach over quick approach.
- Employees must be well informed that apart from increasing productivity, avoiding incidents is also part of their job.
- Educating the employees on safety management is important. They must know the proper techniques to use, on the site.
- Chart out a training calendar on safety and adhere to it.
- Have a designated person/persons to inspect the operations and the safety measures being taken.
- Workers should be taught as to what should and should not be worn on job sites. They must be taught to wear the personal protective equipment properly.
Apart from these ten points, regular maintenance is a good safety practice and is also a proved way to improve productivity.
It is important to take preventive and predictive maintenance approach to keep people safe.
Promote safety, protect people, increase productivity, stay happy!