Wills Transfer Limited takes safety very seriously. Our Health and Safety and Environment Coordinator provides weekly Tool-Box Talks available for all 4 branches at Wills Transfer. This week, Responsibility was covered and tips were given on how to avoid workplace safety incidents.
Safety Is Our Responsibility
Within our company we perform many different roles at many different sites. It is important that no matter the role or task that we incorporate safety in our day and into the work being performed. Our Workplace Health and Safety Policy tells us that “Safety, Customer Service and Sales must receive equal priority. No job shall be considered so important that time cannot be taken to do it safely.” Even on the busiest days it is important to take the time and discuss the need to complete work safely.
Why do incidents happen?
- The vast majority of accidents/incidents can be avoided.
- One of the best ways to avoid them is to always be safety conscious.
- These are some of the reasons why accidents occur:
– lack of training
– not paying attention to what you’re doing
– having a “know-it-all” attitude
– taking shortcuts
– being overtired
– being in too much of a hurry
– letting stress or other emotions interfere with your job
- Most accidents can be prevented if you treat safety as an important responsibility.
Some key safety tips
- Have the right safety attitude. This means knowing and following our safety rules, doing what you can to prevent accidents, and treating safety as an important part of your job.
- Practice safe work habits. Set a good example for your co-workers. Wear personal protective equipment when required, don’t remove safety guards or shields, and follow all safety instructions.
- Come to work refreshed and ready to do your job. Too little sleep often results in accidents. Being upset
over something that happened at home can also distract you and contribute to an accident.
- Think before you act. Plan what you’ll be doing before you begin. Think about what could go
wrong, how to avoid it, and how you’ll protect yourself against any unexpected hazards that may arise.
- Keep your mind on your work. Don’t be thinking about what you’ll be doing tonight
or about a co-worker who made you angry two days ago.
- Treat safety as an important part of your job.
- Always be on the lookout for hazards.
- Don’t take shortcuts, show off, or engage in horseplay.
- Pay attention to task being performed, safety warning signs.