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Safeguarding Health & Safety in Engineering

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Leading an engineering team requires you to be aware of any risks that might put them in danger. To make sure that your employees are safe, you need to make sure that you have in place solid Health & Safety policies that you all can follow.

Besides responsible behaviour and prevention, you and your team should also know how to react if things don’t go as planned. So, ensure that your team goes through the proper training and has all the information needed. You should also put in place rules that would help you to prevent vehicle-related accidents. Here are more common Health & Safety risks in engineering and what you can do to overcome them.

Provide Your Employees With Proper Training

When it comes to engineering, employees will often need to work with machines and other tools that might potentially be dangerous. To protect your team and all the other employees in the company, you need to make sure that they know how to use the equipment properly and protect themselves at the same time. Whenever you’re onboarding a new employee or bringing in a new machine into the organisation, provide your employees with proper training. With Citation, you could also help your employees to understand the standard Health & Safety procedures. In the end, it could make a significant difference in the well-being of people in the company.

Prevent Injuries Caused By Vehicles

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People who work in engineering often need to work with forklifts and delivery lorries – and these vehicles might also often lead to injuries. So, you should take steps to create an environment where you can minimise the risk of similar incidents. Put in place site rules that will allow drivers who don’t know the site well to understand your rules with clear signage. You should also make sure that pedestrian and traffic routes are separated. That way, you might be able to prevent collisions that could injure the people on the site. If you have employees who work with forklifts, you need to maintain them in good order. It’s also important that you train and authorise all the employees you expect to work with the equipment. With training and experience, they might be able to be more careful and keep their colleagues safe.

Keep The Workplace In Good Order

To protect all the employees at the workplace, it’s necessary to keep the site in good condition. However, with dust, oil and other waste from the working process, the place might get messy easily. That way, the pathways might get blocked, and dirty floors might lead to the employees getting injured – trips, falls, and slips might get you and the workers into unpleasant situations. To make your employees safe, you need to carry out a risk assessment. That could help you to identify any risks your employees are facing and make a plan on how to tackle them. Keep the floors clean and encourage your employees to take care of the machines they work with and maintain them in excellent condition.

Cathy
Cathy Spears

Cathy Spears is a blogger with a passion for education, real estate, architecture, design and new technologies.

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