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Top 10 Workplace Safety Tips For All Employees

Top 10 Workplace Safety Tips For All Employees

A safe working environment is important to everyone, regardless of the company, industry or job. To kick off the new year, here are the Top 10 Workplace Safety Tips for all employees:

  1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings: Know the particular hazards of the workspace to avoid potentially hazardous situations.
  2. Keep Correct Posture To Protect Your Back: If you work at a desk, keep your shoulders in line with your hips to avoid back problems. Lift properly, avoiding stooping and twisting.
  3. Take Regular Breaks: Many work-related injuries occur because a worker is tired, burned out and not alert to their surroundings. Regular breaks help you stay fresh on the job. One trick to staying alert is to schedule the most difficult tasks when your concentration is best, like first thing in the morning.
  4. Use Tools And Machines Properly: Take the proper precautions when using tools and never take shortcuts, which is a leading cause of workplace injury.
  5. Keep Emergency Exits and Equipment Shut-offs Easily Accessible: In case of an emergency, you’ll need quick, easy access.
  6. Report Unsafe Conditions To Your Supervisor: Your supervisor needs to be informed about any workplace safety hazards or risks so they can take steps to make them safe for you and your coworkers. Report all near-miss situations.
  7. Use Mechanical Aids Whenever Possible: Instead of attempting to carry or lift something that’s really heavy to save time, take the extra minute to use a hand truck, cart, hoist or forklift.
  8. Stay Sober: Around three percent of workplace fatalities occur due to alcohol and drugs.
  9. Reduce Workplace Stress: Stress can lead to depression and concentration problems, so work to reduce its creation.
  10. Wear the Correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): PPE like hard hats, safety goggles, gloves or a full-face shield greatly reduce the risk of workplace injury.

These simple initiatives can go a long way to make your workplace a safe environment for everyone.


Paul Vinay

Paul Vinay is our Director of Corporate Health & Safety at Columbus McKinnon.

Safety Remains Top of Mind with Third Annual Safety Calendar Contest

Safety Remains Top of Mind with Third Annual Safety Calendar Contest

third annual safety calendar

Safety should always be at the core of how a company operates – and Columbus McKinnon is no exception. Over our long history, the safety of our employees and customers has remained paramount and is a continued focus for us as we move into 2016.

Safety at Work, Home or Play

As part of our continued commitment to safety, we kicked off our third annual Safety Calendar Contest last year. We asked the children and grandchildren of our Associates around the world to submit drawings on the theme of “Safety at Work, Home or Play.” The children took this contest to heart and we received 90 entries from 12 of our locations in 9 countries around the world. The entries we received were creative and inspiring!

A group of artists spent hours poring over the entries to choose to 13 winners and 9 runners-up that would be featured in the 2016 calendar. Judging was based on originality, artistic merit and expression of the safety theme.

In addition to creating great artwork, it is encouraging to see the safety messages our children are expressing. The messages for 2016 covered swim and fire safety, the importance of wearing protective equipment, and good decision making while driving (avoiding alcohol and watching for pedestrians). A new topic covered this year was internet safety. As the future workforce, it is important to instill a safety-conscious work ethic in children at a young age. You can never start too young!

It’s our goal at Columbus McKinnon to help our customers lift, position and secure items in a safe and productive way and we will continue to develop products, services and training to achieve just that. Happy New Year and we look forward to sharing new and useful information to keep safety top of mind throughout the coming year.

This post was written by Laura Miller, former Corporate Health & Safety Manager for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.