DEARBORN - Safety is essential in any workplace, particularly inside a manufacturing facility where dangerous, heavy machinery is handled on a daily basis. This type of production environment requires employees to make mindful decisions while working.
Employees are expected to be careful and watch their step, take great care when performing any work-related task and always remain aware of their surroundings at any given time throughout the day.
Looking out for yourself and other employees promotes the kind of safety in the workplace that gives employees the opportunity to return home safely and unharmed to their families. However, not all employees are as fortunate.
Every day in the U.S., 13 people go to work, and regrettably, never return home to their families.
In 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor released statistics on workplace deaths, noting that just over 4,600 American workers died from work-related illnesses and injuries the year prior.
These accidents, often preventable tragedies, are a strong reminder that everyone has to take responsibility for their personal safety and the safety of fellow co-workers.
The most common causes of fatalities are slips and trips, falling to a lower level, employees being struck by powered vehicles and employees being struck by an object. Nationally, these types of accidents claimed the lives of over 600 workers in 2012.
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is a professional safety society setting the occupational safety, health and environmental community’s standards for excellence and ethics. Richard A. Pollock, president, ASSE, emphasized three key things to keep safety in the workplace:
• Businesses need effective management systems to proactively identify any health and safety issues before they lead to injuries and fatalities.
• Health and safety issues are not solely associated with dangerous industries like manufacturing and construction and appropriate prevention strategies need to be applied to protect all workers across all industries.
• The safety of U.S. workers is too often limited to discussion in circles of health and safety professionals when it should be a concern shared by everyone, including all individual Americans.
At Ford, the company as a whole works hard to prevent similar types of injuries at all manufacturing locations around the world.
Employees are encouraged to take a few minutes before starting work each day to review his/her area for potential hazards, reporting all sub-standard conditions or equipment that isn’t functioning properly to team leaders or immediate supervisor.
Taking a step to go further within the company is certainly a step in the right direction, especially when the life you save might be your own.