Good Practices to Keep on Your Feet and Stay on the Job
Slips and trips are common causes of workplace injuries. The CDC reports in 2019, 27% of nonfatal work injuries that lead to days away from work were due to slips, trips, and falls. The logging industry is no exception. Continue reading to learn more about common hazards of slips and falls in the logging industry and good practices to keep your crew safe.
Common Forestry Slip and Fall Hazards
Crews should be aware of common hazards at the logging operation that can lead to slips and falls. Weather conditions such as mud, snow, or ice can create slippery surfaces that lead to accidents. Another common hazard for loggers is poor lighting conditions, such as working in low light or the direct sun shining in a worker's eyes. Loggers should also watch out for poor housekeeping on the job site, like debris in and around the logging deck, shop, or yard. Spilled oil and lubricants in the shop area can also lead to slips and falls for forestry mechanics. Finally, remind everyone on the job site to slow down and watch where they are walking.
Practice Good Housekeeping
Good housekeeping at the logging operation is the responsibility of all crew members. Housekeeping issues often are identified long before accidents occur, but typically nothing gets done to fix the hazard. To practice good housekeeping at the logging operation, remember to:
- Sweep debris and clean up spills immediately.
- Mark wet areas and spills before being addressed to avoid potential injuries.
- Don't leave tools on the ground.
- Remove obstacles and clutter from walkways such as rocks, vines, or tree bark.
- Inspect logging equipment regularly.
Keep the Office Environment Organized
Don't overlook tripping hazards found in the office environment. While the field may typically be the area of focus for safety, serious injuries can happen in other locations. To prevent accidents inside:
- Return items to designated storage locations after use.
- Close drawers after opening.
- Keep walkways and work areas well lit.
- Cover cables, cords, or wires in walkways.
- Secure any mats, rugs, and carpets that do not lay flat with tacking or taping.
Watch Your Step and Act with Caution
Always watch where you are walking. Remember to:
- Wear slip-resistant work boots approved for logging job sites.
- Before stepping off equipment, take a look around for possible hazards.
- Use the 3 points of contact when mounting or dismounting equipment.
- Don't rush. Take your time and pay attention to your surroundings.
- Make wide turns at corners to avoid collisions with others.
- Limit the number of supplies carried at once. When carrying oversized or heavy loads, ask for assistance.
A strong safety training program can prevent injuries and accidents on the job site. Ensure your logging operation has a program established to prevent slips and falls. To learn more about forestry best practices, contact your local BITCO Risk Control Consultant. Click the button below to find an agent near you. We are here for you!
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