June is National Safety Month and F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems is takin...

June is National Safety Month and F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems is taking this opportunity to remind you of the importance of job site safety. In the United States, 14 people are killed and 10,400 people are disabled at work on an average day. With these tips, you can help prevent workplace injuries.

Each week is dedicated to a new topic on safety.

Week 1: Employee Wellness

  • Ask your human resources representative for workplace employee wellness programs.

Week 2: Ergonomics

  • Use material handling equipment - Whenever possible, use forklifts, hoists, platforms, cranes, carts, dollies, racks, and other types of equipment to avoid back injuries.
  • Size it up - if you must carry a heavy object, test the weight before picking it up. Ask a co-worker for help if you need it.
  • Bend the knees - Lift with your legs not your back. Center yourself over the object, bend your knees, get a good grip, and lift straight.
  • Do not twist - Once you have lifted the object, keep it close to your body and do not twist or turn your back. This can cause a back injury.
  • Clear a path - Before lifting the object, clear a path to where you need to go. Also, make sure your path is free of holes and spills.
  • Set the object down properly - Lower the load slowly by bending your knees.
  • Push it - When moving an object on rollers, push instead of pull. It puts less strain on the back.
  • Smart material storage - Do not store objects on the floor; instead, store at working height to avoid unnecessary lifting.

Week 3: Preventing slips, trips, and falls

  • Footwear - slips happen when there isn't enough traction between a person's foot and the ground. Wear rubber-soled shoes that are slip resistant.
  • Cleanliness - If you see a spill, clean it up promptly before someone slips. If you see an object out of place, put it away; it can become a tripping hazard.
  • Adequate lighting - Make sure all work areas are well-lit.

Week 4: Driving Safety

  • Recognize hazards on the road - Scan ahead, recognizing a hazard in advance will help you avoid it.
  • Understand defensive driving practices - Use your knowledge of defensive driving to avoid the hazards
  • Act right, act now - Be alert when you drive so you can make the correct move quickly.

Be proactive about safety, and use these safety tips to keep F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems' impressive safety record above standard.