Sick Days Costs Companies Billions
Did you know that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workers missed 905,700 days of work in 2012 owing to occupational injuries and illnesses? Gallup reports that this absenteeism costs U.S. companies an average of $153 billion per year! There are measures employers can take to keep employees healthy and well out of harm’s way, especially in high-risk industrial operations and maintenance jobs. What can employers do to promote occupational safety?
Discourage Manual Lifting
Requiring regular manual lifting is taking a gamble with workers’ safety. In fact, the BLS reports that repetitive strain injuries – typically resulting from improper lifting and back strain – make up more a quarter of missed work injuries. Whenever possible, encourage workers to use equipment, such as forklifts, swivel casters and platforms, and leveling feet, to transport and lift goods and heavy machinery. Leveling feet, for example, stabilize large machines and equipment on uneven flooring. Leveling feet can be used to safely and efficiently raise machines for routine maintenance and inspections, reducing strain and preventing sudden impact injuries.
Secure Electrical Parts and Wiring
Keeping industrial manufacturing and maintenance workers safe also depends on keeping machinery, especially electrical equipment, secure. Nylon fasteners, including nylon nuts, bolts, and screws, enable workers to easily take apart and put back together parts and machinery. These plastic fasteners, such as plastic screws, are perfect for streamlining routine repairs and inspections.
Workers can also use plastic nut covers, screw covers, and cap nuts to secure fasteners even more firmly in place. Nut covers protect external threads from weathering, abrasion, corrosion, and wear. Nylon nut covers even protect parts and equipment from potentially harmful torque and vibrations.
Sick and injured workers cost companies a lot of money. Look out for the welfare of industrial operations and maintenance workers by enforcing assisted lifting and reliably securing heavy, electrical machinery. Read more blogs like this.