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Best practices for mitigating common risks in the workplace

For some workers in Kentucky, their profession and the industry they are a part of present a host of added risks. While many companies go to great lengths to minimize these risks through employee training, required safety protocols and implementation of tools designed to protect workers, there are times when accidents can still happen. 

According to the Safety and Health Magazine, some of the most common workplace hazards include the following:

  • Failure to complete required lockout or tagout procedures.
  • Falls from heights.
  • Forklift-related accidents.
  • Mishaps that occur in small, confined spaces.
  • Trips, falls and other injuries related to electrical or extension cords.
  • Poor maintenance of the workplace.

 As organizational management works to mitigate these risks and protect their own success and the safety of their employees, there are several precautions they can take. The Society for Human Resource Management suggests some general tips:

  • The use of engineering controls that can be assessed to provide feedback for continual optimization of safety protocols.
  • Identifying and immediately eliminating hazards before they become a danger.
  • Requiring all workers to wear protective equipment, as well as training them in the proper way to wear and use such equipment. 
  • Researching innovative resources that can be used as a substitution for other resources that are more dangerous. 

Administrators should play an active role in learning about workplace hazards, educating employees on such hazards and regularly reviewing protocols to modify them as needed. Organizations should remember that with time and company growth, risks may change or become more prevalent. For this reason, all protocols and procedures should be regularly assessed to identify where changes need to be made. 

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