Workplace safety: Have you assessed the risks on your shop floor?

It’s National Safety Month! And we want to discuss how risk assessments and safety culture improvements are one of the best ways to prevent injuries and deaths in the workplace. According to a report made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 4,500 work-related deaths are reported each year, and more than 4.1 million workers suffer from a serious job-related injury or illness. Stern takes workplace safety very seriously, and as a result, we administer the appropriate training for new hires and current employees.

Investing in capital equipment such as upgraded maintenance platform/ jib cranes can minimize risks. But, establishing a program within your company that can decrease risks even further is invaluable.

A well-known statistician Dr. W. Edwards Deming created the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” which is now a popular methodology applied to manufacturing programs in order to establish quality control.:

  • Plan: Create results-oriented objectives in accordance with your goals.
  • Do: Make the plan come to life, execute the process, and make any necessary changes.
  • Check: Analyze the actual and expected results and determine the differences.
  • Adjust for safety: If there are significant differences between actual and planned results, request corrective actions. Make changes wherever needed and make improvements.

By utilizing this four-step process, you can determine what is needed to improve and increase workplace safety at your company. In most cases, you will find areas needing improvement but if not, feel free to refine the steps and place a bigger emphasis on a different stage of the process. At Stern, we drive safety through regular communication and shop floor improvement.

Have you completed a safety assessment? What areas can your company improve?

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