There are many tasks that may require you to lift heavy objects on the job. Although these everyday tasks may seem harmless, they have the potential to cause serious injuries that can permanently impact your life if they aren’t performed safely. Some common workplace activities that may involve lifting heavy items include:
Overexertion and trauma are two of the most significant factors that contribute to injuries from lifting. Such injuries may include back sprains, pulled muscles, pinched nerves, fractured vertebrae and spinal problems.
To avoid these injuries, it is critical to practice adequate lifting protocols and safety measures—regardless of where you work on-site. Before you lift, take these measures to ensure you are ready to do so safely:
When lifting, follow these steps to minimize strain on your body:
For more information on safe lifting procedures, talk to your supervisor.
Once started, a fire can spread rapidly, causing significant property destruction and severe injuries. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that, on average, 16,000 fire-related injuries occur each year, with losses approaching $15 billion. However, knowing how to use a fire extinguisher on the job can help mitigate fires, prevent injuries and save lives.
In the event of a fire at our workplace, your safety is our first priority. That’s why understanding when and how to use a fire extinguisher is critical. Yet before using any fire extinguisher, it is important to assess the situation. Follow these best practices:
When using a fire extinguisher, remember to pull, aim, squeeze and sweep (PASS). Here’s a breakdown of these steps:
If the extinguisher is empty and the fire is still not out, evacuate immediately. Your safety is always the most important thing to remember in a fire emergency. If you have any doubts about fighting the fire, get to safety. Consult your supervisor for more information on proper fire extinguisher use in the workplace.