October is Eye Injury Prevention Month. This annual campaign is intended to educate organizations and individuals on the importance of eye safety. There are many steps employees like you can take to avoid eye injuries in the workplace. Here’s an outline of common causes of eye injuries and key prevention measures.
While every workplace is different, eye injuries typically stem from the following hazards:
Consider these tips to prevent eye injuries at work:
If you have any further questions about eye injury prevention on the job, contact your supervisor.
Falls from elevation are frequently cited as one of the top causes of workplace accidents. Such falls often result from poor ladder safety protocols. Therefore, it’s crucial for employees like you to prioritize adequate ladder setup and usage techniques on the job. Review these best practices.
Make sure you select the correct ladder for the job – check the length and duty rating. Generally speaking, a proper ladder will extend a minimum of 3 feet over the roofline or working surface. Inspect your ladder before each task for any of the following loose or damaged parts:
Clear the area where you will be working. Never place a ladder in front of a door that isn’t locked, blocked or guarded. Because metal ladders conduct electricity, use a wooden or fiberglass ladder near powerlines or electrical equipment.
Check that all locks on extension ladders are properly engaged before placing your ladder on a steady surface. The ground underneath the ladder should be level and firm. Large, flat wooden boards braced underneath a ladder can help level it on an uneven surface of soft ground.
Exercise caution when using a ladder with these safety measures:
Consult your supervisor for more ladder safety guidance.
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