The chances of an accident happening in a manufacturing company are very high. In fact, statistics show that the manufacturing industry leads the pack when it comes to accidents and injuries. These figures are still high despite all efforts the regulatory body is putting into correcting this anomaly. Most of the accidents are caused by poor work tools and bad equipment.
The regulatory body comes up with new policies year after year just to sanitize workplace and ensure compliance to safety rules and guidelines.
Why do manufacturing disobey safety rules and guidelines?
There is something about humans not acting until danger is imminent or something goes wrong. Basically, most safety managers only react to accidents, they are not proactive. They do not look for ways to prevent these incidents from happening. Another cause of accidents is cause assumption. When a new machine is purchased, most workshop managers assume everything is alright without running proper tests or checking the parts. Just so you know, a machine, whether new or old must meet all safety requirements.
The minimum requirement guiding the use and operation of any piece of equipment is stated in the safety standards of the regulating body. By risk assessment, we mean trying to identify probable causes of danger and working on them. To access a piece of equipment for risks, you must evaluate its operational state and functionality state. You must take note of factors like how long it takes for the machine to start, and how long it takes it to stop. If you notice any anomaly, you must take necessary steps and make critical decisions to block every loophole. This is called “uncovering gaps in protection.” As far as risk reduction strategies are concerned, there are different options available and various ways to go about it. However, the end goal is to ensure the workplace is safe for everybody.
The safety of lives and property within a workplace or workshop is very important. In fact, it is paramount. Therefore, all hands must be on deck. If any machine looks bad or does not operate as it should, it is better to fix it before making use of it. Otherwise, things could go wrong and people will get hurt. Safety is one of the key components of workshop practice.