Dangerous Electrical Mistakes in the Workplace

Electricity is dangerous when not handled correctly. Electrical safety is extremely important in the workplace, but often overlooked. There are many mistakes that cause accidents and injuries — these mistakes can be prevented.

Lack of Training

In any work environment, training is required. Safety training is just as important as job training and basic electrical procedures must be included. Awareness of the workplace will improve employee safety. Training for electrical safety must include the location of electrical shut offs and the location of any high-voltage or hazardous equipment.

The use of any required safety gear needs to be mandatory, not just a suggestion. Employees must also have instruction in wet location operation and never be allowed to be in contact with electricity on a wet surface. Awareness includes reporting faulty or frayed electrical cords and taking these cables or cords out of service immediately.

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Top 10 Forklift Safety Tips

Powered industrial trucks, commonly known as forklifts, are extremely useful and equally dangerous. While the equipment does not appear complicated, powered industrial trucks are the sixth most cited violation by OSHA. Mistakes cause over 95,000 accidents each year, and these can be avoided.

Injuries frequently occur when a lift is driven off a loading dock or falls in between a trailer and a dock. Additional dangers include being struck by a lift or falling from an elevated platform. To avoid accidents and injuries, follow these forklift safety tips.

1. Forklifts are not personnel lifts

Forklifts are designed to lift and move pallets containing merchandise or equipment. Placing a pallet on a lift and having a worker stand on the elevated platform while the operator drives around the factory to change light bulbs may seem like a good idea. Unfortunately, it is a very bad idea. A worker should never be elevated on a forklift platform.

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Setting Up a Spill Containment Border

Spill containment borders are a great way to isolate areas, direct traffic flow and contain spills around machinery and other types of equipment. Spill containment borders from RubberForm Recycled Products are made of sturdy, flexible 100% recycle molded rubber that stand up to oil, coolants, solvents and water.

Below is a checklist to go over before deciding what kind of spill containment border you need.

1. Map out the area you want to install the spill containment border. Decide how many feet each way you want to have containment present. Be sure to leave yourself enough room to still have access to the equipment, but make sure you don’t leave too much room for a spill to travel. If you need assistance with coming up with a layout, RubberForm can provide a layout assessment for you for an additional charge.

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