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Hazard prevention is a must in industrial workplaces

While preventing workplace hazards is essential for virtually every profession, it’s particularly important to industrial workers. Fortunately, there are quite a few methods Erie workers can utilize to ensure their on-the-job environment is as safe as possible.

According to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration, the first step towards a safer workplace involves identifying any potential hazards. For instance, industrial workplaces often rely on heavy duty machinery to perform tasks and this equipment must be regularly maintained to make sure it can be safely operated. Proper training is equally important, whether it involves equipment operation or general safety procedures. Because work environments are subject to change, continual review of hazard prevention plans is recommended.

Having the right protective gear can also reduce workplace hazards. Exposure to dangerous situations is common in many industrial workplaces given the nature of jobs performed, which is why workers must ensure they are using personal protective equipment correctly. Additionally, the protective equipment must be worn as needed and should never be neglected for the sake of convenience. personal protection can include items like gloves, eye protection/goggles, hard hats, protective footwear and fire-resistant clothing.

Recent statistics illustrate the urgent need for proper hazard prevention in the workplace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details the occurrence of workplace injuries in the U.S., with approximately 3.8 million workers suffering from workplace-related illness or injury in 2012 alone. That same year over 4,000 workers died from injuries occurring at their place of work. Not only do these incidents have very real physical and emotional ramifications on workers as well as their families, they also incur huge costs, with some estimating that workplace injuries can amount to a whopping $192 billion annually. 

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