Annual Refresher

Focus Safety Training On These Top 10 Injuries

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Before your employees attend annual refresher safety training, consider adding additional topics like Ladder Safety and Slips, Trips & Falls. Liberty Mutual released its 2018 Workplace Safety Index to reveal the Top 10 causes of serious, non-fatal injuries. These injuries cost the company money in terms of insurance expenses, days lost and decreased productivity.

Top 10 Workplace Injuries

  1. Overexertion. These types of injuries are related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding or carrying objects. Employees should be trained on proper lifting techniques and back safety. TIP: Minimize distances loads must be carried.
  2. Same Level Falls. An example of this injury is tripping on an extension cord on ground level and falling. This does not include falling from an elevated walk way or from a ladder onto the ground level. This type of injury costs businesses an estimated $11.2 billion in direct costs. Employees should be trained on slips, trip and falls. Ways to help eliminate hazards include good housekeeping, quality walking surfaces, proper footwear, and walking at an appropriate pace.
  3. Worker on LadderFalls to Lower Levels. Examples of these injuries include falls from ladders, scaffolds, tops of equipment and other elevated work areas. Ladder falls account for the majority of these types of injuries. Make sure employees receive Ladder Safety training. TIP: Use the hierarchy of hazard controls to prevent these injuries.
    1. Elimination and Substitution
    2. Warnings
    3. Training and Procedures
    4. Personal Protective Equipment
  4. Struck by Object. Falling tools while performing equipment maintenance is a major cause of these types of injuries. TIP: Properly stack materials, always wear proper PPE, and don’t work under heavy machinery when in operation.
  5. Other Exertions. Examples of these injuries include working in unnatural positions or exerting too much physical effort. Make sure employees are trained on proper ergonomics that prevent getting in awkward positions.
  6. Motor Vehicle Accidents. The average car crash costs employers up to $16,500 per incident. These accidents include use of fleet vehicles and company trucks/cars. TIP: Develop a driving safety program to keep your employees safe on the road.
  7. Slip and Trips. This category does include falls. Examples of this injury is slipping on a wet surface without falling but still pulling a muscle. Good housekeeping procedures can help eliminate these injuries. Make sure work areas are clear of debris, extension cords, clutter, etc. Make sure any wet areas are clearly marked with wet floor signs.
  8. Caught in equipment. These injuries include your hand getting stuck in a machine, or employees getting pulled into some type of machinery. Make sure employees receive lockout tagout training annually. TIP: Make sure employees do not wear loose clothing.
  9. Struck against object or equipment. Examples of this injury involve workers running into pipes, corners, machinery or other people. TIP: Make sure workers do not carry things that can obstruct their view. Make sure they use extra caution when walking around corners.
  10. Repetitive motion involving micro tasks. These injuries are quite common in the manufacturing industry. TIP: Practice a rotating schedule so employees are not making the same movements over an extended period of time.

Need Some Help With Deciding What Training Topics To Cover? Call SRP to Discuss Your Program Today! Call SRP at (866) 222-4972 or visit us online.

Source: Safety Complance Alert, June 1, 2018, Vol. 24 No. 550

Key Benefits of Annual Safety Training

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Workplace safety plays an integral part in the day to day operations in any company, which ultimately increases productivity and your bottom line.  Without safety, workers are exposed to dangerous situations, reckless activities and threat of injury or illness, or even death.

Here’s some interesting statistics: Only 1 in 5 new workers receive safety training.  That’s a scary thought. That means that 80% of new hires are sent to perform their work tasks without proper training and knowledge of workplace hazards.  It’s no surprise that workers in their first month are three times as more likely to lose work days due to injuries, as opposed to workers who have have employed longer.

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Why should you institute annual refresher safety training?

SRP Environmental Safety TrainingFirst and foremost, annual safety training is required by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).  If an OSHA inspector were to show up at your facility, one of the things they will ask for is a copy of the company health and safety manual, and safety training records.  We have also found that clients require hired companies be in compliance with required OSHA training.  Don’t risk not being able to perform work for a great and profitable client.

Secondly, safety training is crucial to reducing workplace accidents.  Common words that are said by employees involved in accidents are: “I didn’t think”, “I didn’t see”, and “I didn’t know.”  The last phrase,”I didn’t know”, is absolutely unacceptable.  Make it a priority to see that workers complete adequate safety training before they begin work on their own.

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Lastly, enforcing annual training creates a culture of safety.  A safety culture has to begin with top management in order for workers to accept and appreciate workplace safety.  If their managers or supervisors do not follow safety procedures, then why should they?  Additionally, you as an employer are investing in your workers when you provide any type of training, including skilled training and safety training.  A safer workplace increases productivity by not having loss of days due to injuries and can minimize OSHA recordables which lowers the TRIR.

What are the required annual safety training topics?

OSHA provides an extensive review of what training is required and when. The publication can be found here or you can visit www.osha.gov.

Notable OSHA Required Annual Training:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Confined Space (Non-Permit & Permit Required)
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Fall Protection
  • Fire Safety & Fire Extinguishing Systems
  • Hazard Communication
  • Hearing Protection
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Respiratory Protection

There are several other safety topics that require training periodically or when standards/procedures change.  For example, ladder safety training should be implemented when equipment changes.  However, we do recommend including ladder safety in annual training.

Need guidance on annual safety training?  Call SRP and speak to one of our safety consultants to develop a custom training program to meet the needs of your company.  Call us at (318) 222-2364 or visit us online.   We have seven convenient locations in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Midland, Shreveport and Pittsburgh.  Located elsewhere? Let us come to you.