Saving Your Back
Lifting an object (Whether it is a paper clip on the floor, a box of office supplies on a shelf, or parts to repair a forklift) is something that we do every day. And, because it is something we do so often we tend to do it without thinking, or at least we do until we strain a muscle. What You Don't Know Can Hurt You! Back injuries can be extremely painful and long-lasting. According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the back injuries of more than 1 million works account for nearly 20 percent of all injuries and illness in the workplace.
Our situational awareness is only as accurate as our own perception or reading of the situation, so what we think is happening may not accurately reflect reality. How we read a situation can be influenced by many things such as the type of information we have been given, our own experience and distractions in the workplace.
Why should you improve it?
It is important that you know how many problems you face and how serious they are. The temporary loss or lack of situational awareness is a casual factor in many accidents. Often there is so much 'going on' in your work environment, or you become so absorbed in your own thoughts, that you fail to spot those things that could pose a serious threat to your health and safety. Our situational awareness can be further reduced in times of high workload or when under pressure to get a job done on time. In these situations, it is essential to maintain a high level of situational awareness to stop accidents and near misses.
Where and when should situational awareness techniques be used?
Assessment of your working environment should occur continually, but especially in the following situations:
- When beginning work on a new project/contract/customer location.
- When you think the work environment has changed since your last time there.
- When working with new or different workmates.
- Before complacency has set in-it can be a silent killer!
SLAM consists of four simple steps
- STOP - Engage your mind befor eyour hands. Look at the task in front of you
- LOOK - At your work area and find the hazards that are present to you and your workmates. Report hazards immediately to your customer or manager/supervisor.
- ASSESS - The effects that the hazards will have upon you, the people you work with, equipment, procedures, pressures and the environment around you. Ask yourself if you have the proper tools, training and PPE to perform the task safely.
- MANAGE - If you feel that the operation is unsafe, stop working. Tell your customer, supervisor, and workmates. Where needed call in your Corporate Safety Manager. Discuss what actions are needed with your customer or supervisor to make the situation safe.
Why is situational awareness important to us?
Situational awareness is important to everyone - it is important that everyone is aware of their surroundings and the potential hazards they face. It is important that each individual is looking out for his or her own safety as well as looking out for their workmates. Remember that we all want to go home safely the way we came to work safely.
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