For all industries, ensuring health and safety standards are met is extremely important. How different health and safety rules are implemented and what measures need to be implemented will vary depending on the industry you work in.
Following health and safety protocol within the workplace is paramount to protecting your employees from any risk. Different industries require different measures to be put in place to ensure worker safety and some industries naturally have higher risk than others.
Do higher risk industries experience more injury in the workplace?
Workplaces have become safer environments for employees versus past generations. Improvements provided through technology, rising safety standards and increased awareness of and commitment to safety protocols and laws has led to an overall reduction in accidents since the 1980s (according to HSE data).
Whilst it is positive to see lower rates of injuries and accidents at work, dangerous mistakes are still being made by employees and businesses. To help provide guidance and raise awareness, Horizon Platforms has called on their many years of experience and put together the below advice on mistakes to avoid.
When it comes to operating MEWPs, ensuring operators are fully trained and competent is paramount to carry out work-from-height tasks safely. Operating a MEWP without proper training and licensing can be extremely dangerous. Without a thorough understanding of correct MEWP safety precautions, you, or others, could fall prey to several potentially life-threatening MEWP accidents. HSE states “The most significant MEWP dangers arise from operation and use of the machine…The law says that these hazards must be properly controlled.”
The highest number of fatalities in the workplace are caused by falling from a height. With the majority of fatalities being in construction and many sites requiring people to work at height, following HSE guidance is paramount. Although using a MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms) will form part of health and safety (H&S) site rules and is one of the safest ways to work at height, the risk of injury or worse is always there, even for the most experienced operator.