Engineering is a discipline that we all need to understand to a greater depth. All around us, there are aspects of engineering that make our lives easier and in some cases, even fun! However, although engineering has made our lives better, there are a number of safety issues that are attached to engineering that we need to be aware of. We also need to understand how to make sure that these issues faced by engineers are kept to an absolute minimum and that we manage our engineering firms properly. We will now take a look at a number of areas that engineers face with regards to safety issues and the ways in which we can avoid any potential problems.
High visibility work clothes are something that a lot of engineers already wear as part of their day-to-day work. When an engineer works in a high-risk environment i.e. at height or around dangerous products, like electrical equipment, it is advisable that safety clothing is worn, including safety helmets, work boots, protective clothing and in some cases, ear defenders. Most engineering firms will have a full list of protective and safety equipment that is required to undertake the engineering task at hand.
There is also advice for visitors with regards to what they should be wearing to keep themselves safe when they enter an engineering establishment. Take for example, the stainless-steel sheet metal fabrication business. The steel fabrication business will often have outside visitors coming to their premises, on a daily basis. The visitor could, for example, be a buyer for the particular product that the engineering firm is producing. It is not unusual for people that are buying a product to want to see how the product is developed and engineered in the first place. So, when an individual visits a steel fabrication centre, they will be advised on what protective clothing to wear and when to wear it. In some cases, they may not be allowed to enter certain parts of an engineering firm if, for instance, they have not been given the proper training. In this case, they will just have to look from a distance.
Working at Height
Working at height is always associated with engineering. It is one of the perils that engineers face when they have to engineer a particular building or high structure. Working at height is sometimes part and parcel of an engineer’s job and as long as all the safety precautions are taken seriously, no issues should arise. Working at height requires an engineer to make sure that they have the proper training required to ensure that they stay safe in their environment. At this point, it has to be said that it is not just engineers that work at height, other professionals in other working environments could also work at height, so safety needs to be taken seriously here too.
Poor Maintenance Operation
Poor maintenance is a major factor that can cause engineering issues, but if any issues in an engineering firm are highlighted early enough, this can often help to prevent any serious accidents or incidents. Regular inspection of safety equipment is a good way to make sure that your business environment is in good working order and state of repair. Even when it comes to the equipment, you need to keep a good, regular check on all items to make sure that they are performing, as they should be, within the safety parameters. Once an engineering firm has this embedded in their culture, it will help to eliminate any safety issues that may otherwise arise.
Inadequate Safety Training
Safety training is a critical part of keeping an engineering firm safe. The employees that are employed to work in an environment need to be fully versed in any safety precautions and procedures that are in place. Poor or inadequate training can lead to potential safety issues which could arise simply because an individual may not be aware of the perils that could be faced. Take for example, slips and trips. These are relatively straight forward to avoid, but if a spillage is causing a slip issue and this is not reported or dealt with straight away, this could start a chain of events to have a slip accident. The same thing can be said for trips. If there are boxes or items that can be tripped over, not stacked properly or put in the correct location, this can, in turn, cause a trip issue. Again, this is a simple thing to fix by just making sure that things are stored properly are not just left in walkways. It’s important to talk about these in training sessions to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Inadequate maintenance is the final area of safety that companies need to be able to on top of. As we have mentioned above, regular maintenance of machinery or products that are used on a daily basis needs to take place. However, if you are in the type of environment where you have inadequate maintenance, this poses a serious risk to employee’s well being. To avoid situations like this, it is good practice to make sure that any inadequacies are highlighted and dealt with straight away. Keeping a culture of transparency is vital for this, sp employees feel safe in reporting issues or even whistleblowing.
As you can see from the above, there are a number of ways in which engineering firms can make sure that their clients and people visiting their premises can keep themselves safe. It is not a difficult area to keep control of, as long as the basic principles are followed. These types of principles can be adopted in any work environment, it is just that in an engineering firm these are vital because there are many more dangerous aspects that can be encountered or interacted with when you are in an engineering environment.