15 Aug Toolbox Talk – Accident Prevention
Recent HSE figures showed that, in one year, the construction industry had 3,961 major injuries and 133 fatalities.
The industry employs 5.4% of the total UK workforce, but accounts for 23% of all fatalities. Don’t become the next statistic.
This Toolbox Talk will cover: Causes, costs and prevention of accidents
Causes of Accidents
- People not thinking about what they are doing.
- People not following instructions.
- People not following the training they have been given.
- Unsafe manual handling, loading, stacking, and storage.
- Overloading of work places i.e. scaffolding and hoists.
- Incorrect use of plant and machinery.
- Using faulty or ‘bodged’ equipment.
- Illegal removal of guards and barriers.
- Failure to use personal protective equipment – PPE.
- Ignoring safety signals, signs and warning devices.
Cost of Accidents to you:
- Pain, suffering and disability.
- Loss of earnings and extra expense due to disability.
- Unable to do your job or pursue leisure activities.
- Unable to support family, including possible family break-up.
- Death, you won’t care, but your friends and family will.
- Someone is expecting you home tonight!
- Don’t remove guards from machines.
- Don’t handle substances without knowing the hazards.
- Don’t use machines if untrained, and follow the training given.
- Always comply with Safe Working Practices.
- Wear and use PPE correctly, don’t abuse it.
- Don’t direct compressed air at yourself or others, it kills.
- Never ‘mess around’ while working.
- Never use defective equipment or machinery.
- Help to keep the workplace clean and tidy.
- Wash and dry hands to remove substances from skin.
- Report unsafe conditions to your supervisor.
- Use the right tools and equipment for the job.
- Obey all safety rules and signs.
- Don’t leave tool lying about where they can fall.
If you have any questions regarding this ToolBox talk you can Contact Matt Hollister on Matt.Hollister@thomas-interiors.co.uk