Employee Safety with Precast Concrete

Posted On: January 6, 2022

Within the workplace, employee safety is a must with no questions asked. Establishing a safety culture within the workplace puts making safe decisions at the front of all employees’ minds. For managers, leading by example is imperative, not only due to the importance of the tasks but to due to the negative effects that it can cause if employee’s think it’s ok not to take safety seriously. Coote Engineering has come up with a list of 4 health and safety must do’s for working within a precast concrete industry/workshop:


  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


It might seem ‘obvious’ to wear PPE, but you would be surprised at how many factory floors do not make wearing PPE compulsory. PPE is your main and final line of defence after all health and safety precautions have been met. If you find yourself in trouble using a machine, it only takes one time to change your life, don’t live with the regret of not wearing something as simple as safety glasses or steel toe boots. It could be the difference.


  1. Make a plan


Planning work in advance not only allows you to be prepared for any unexpected dangers but also can improve the work efficiency of the shop floor, a win/win! Planning might not be seen a necessary task for a lot of potentially experienced employee’s however the engineering/manufacturing industry is constantly changing. New technologies and machines are being built every day and not all employees will have experience working around these. Setting a manager in place who can set meeting and discuss these dangers to new and old staff can not only help avoid risks but also show employee’s that their health matters within your organisation.


  1. Organisation


Keeping a clean and tidy workshop can help a business in more ways than you think. With health and safety in mind, keeping your working area tidy reduces risks through trip hazards etc. However a tidy and organised working area also reduces the time searching for parts or tools. New employees also get accustom to the organised environment and spreads good habits across the organisation.


  1. Inspections


Understandably, things can’t be perfect 24/7, especially in a busy environment. However setting efforts in place to try and obtain perfection isn’t a bad thing either. Having a member of staff, more than likely a health and safety inspector or shop floor manager who carries out regular inspections on fall hazards, equipment and tools can be extremely beneficial. These inspections will reduce any work place accidents and maintain a safe working order within the company.

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