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Close calls at work serve a couple different functions. First, it can be exactly what it takes to get worker’s attention turned out of auto-pilot mode and back to their safety training. Second, it can show the areas of your worker’s safety training that has holes or needs reinforcing.
How does your safety program respond to close calls? Are they documented and used to guide future safety training efforts? Doing so could help avoid major fines down the line should an accident or incident occur.
Keep in mind, close calls are accidents that didn’t happen, but could easily happen in the future. Taking them seriously is everyone’s best chance at staying safe.
Close Calls Are Urgent Calls for Action
A close call, also called a near miss, is an incident that might have resulted in injury, death or property damage, but did not. Often, people who have experienced a close call think about the incident as a lucky break, dust themselves off and get back to work without a second thought.
Close calls are also known as near misses. They are situations in which a worker has a narrow escape from getting hurt. The worker probably feels lucky about getting away uninjured. If we pay attention, these incidents can be lucky in another way: they provide a preview of an injury that could happen. Thanks to this preview, measures can be taken now to prevent such injuries.
Why Report Hazards Quickly?
Suppose you have just walked by a work station and noticed a small puddle of oil on the floor. You will pass right by it, knowing that whoever spilled it would be back to clean it up. Besides, it’s not your job to mop up spills.
Learn from Close Calls
Have you had a close call at work? Maybe you slipped on a greasy step but caught yourself before you bounced to the bottom of the stairs. Or you just missed touching an overhead power line with a pipe you were moving. What did you do next – just continue on your way? Or did you stop to examine how the injury almost happened and how a future injury could be prevented?
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Close Calls Reflect Accident Hazards
A worker received an electric shock on a piece of equipment he was using. He was not injured, and he did not report the incident. A few days later another worker also received a shock from the same defective equipment, and again did not report the problem. Within days a third worker also received an electrical shock which killed him.
Accident Prevention Signs and Tags
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires the use of signs and symbols to warn workers about specific hazards in the workplace and tell them how to prevent these hazards from causing harm or injury to employees. The design of these signs is standardized across all types of workplaces so that workers can easily understand their meanings. Workers need to understand the rules that govern safety signs and recognize the meanings of common symbols and colors in order to protect themselves and others from harm. This course is designed to provide the learner with an overview of the requirements for accident prevention signs and tags outlined by OSHA and ANSI, and identify the ANSI pipe labeling standard and the APWA’s Uniform Color Code. While this course addresses OSHA training requirements, there may be a site-specific training component required that must be fulfilled by an employer.
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