June is National Safety Month, so we’ll be posting a series of safety tips, policy updates and other useful information to help you and your team stay safe on the job site, in the factory or wherever hazards may be.
Here are two hazards that tend to fly under many project managers’ radars. Both pose serious threats to individuals and are entirely avoidable.
Limited perception and limited number of hands can result in workers overlooking or missing hazards altogether. To minimize the risks associated with working alone, a Hazard Assessment, also called a Job Hazard Analysis, should be performed prior to going solo. A Hazard Assessment should identify hazards and define control measures.
Independent workers should always have a functioning radio, telephone or other device that allows 2-way communication with personnel capable of assisting the worker in the event of an emergency. Always ensure 911 can be reached and the worker’s exact location is known. If electronic communication is not an option, find another way to manage the hazard associated with the work being performed, including assigning a second worker.
More than 11,000 injuries were reported in 2013 as a result of people walking or operating machinery while using their mobile phones, according National Safety Council. Considering nearly every worker has a mobile phone, the risk of distraction while in otherwise hazardous situations is great. Operating motor vehicles on the job site and on public roads is a particular concern. To manage this risk, institute a mobile phone policy that defines times and locations to safety use mobile phones.