Workplace or Death Machines; Occupational Fatalities must Stop
Industries around the globe are witnessing various technological developments in recent years. But it has been observed that in spite of these developments, many workplaces are not safe for employees with increasing occupational fatalities. This week, two teenager employees of McDonalds were electrocuted and died while cleaning the kitchen in Peru. The incident made food chain to close its 29 branches until the investigations complete.
In sectors such as manufacturing or automobile, workers perform tasks including welding, painting, cutting, and heavy material handling on daily basis. If employee doesn’t follow or ignores instructions, the tasks can be harmful.
Recently, UPM Blandin paper mill announced that former NHL player Scot Kleinendorst died due to injuries caused from getting accidently ejected from the machine while a crane in operation was uploading pulp wood. After the incident, the paper mill has stepped forward to collaborate with the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to analyze the incident.
The data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there was an increase of over 100 workers’ deaths – 5,250 in 2018 compared to 5,147 in 2017. Despite the fact that the rate of death has not changed from 2017, this is the highest total worker fatality number reported since 2008. Unintentional workplace deaths also saw a slight increase, totaling 4,493 in 2018, up from 4,414 the year prior. The rate of unintentional workplace deaths also has not changed.
The various causes of occupational fatalities including deaths may include travelling accidents, addiction of alcohol or drugs due to stress regarding increasing workload. Also, many times infrastructure related issues may harm staff.
Experts believe that, it is high time the companies take serious actions or make required changes in the process to improve the work environment by focusing on employee safety. Manufacturing companies, if possible, can use robots for the tasks that involve use of electricity/fire, repetition, or heavy material handling. This adaption will not only reduce the accidents but also improve the productivity.
Before implementing every new machinery, it must be mandatory to conduct a training related to procedure or demonstration with step by step guidelines of the machinery parts. Each and every staff member must also be given advanced training to get out of the office premises, if incidents related to fire happen. It is necessary to ensure that the infrastructure is safe and maintained. Hanging electrics wires may electrocute as well as unclean office environment, and diet related things such as unpurified water/water from unwashed container, unhygienic food/beverages from cafeterias/canteens in the premises may cause serious health diseases to the staff. These may sound small things but, office administration must inspect these fields seriously to ensure the cleanliness.
All the companies are trying to achieve targets with technological advancements and implementing various strategies. But, human resources is the only essential component that works for these procedures and if it gets proper safety and care, it can help the company to grow faster and reach its goal.
Neha writes articles on sectors including medicine, food, materials, and science & technology. A qualified statistician, she has the ability to observe and analyze the trends in global markets and write compelling articles that help CXOs in decision making. She is a bookworm and loves to read fiction, lifestyle, science and technology. Neha comes with 6 years of experience in content writing and editing that involves blog writing, preparation of study materials and OERs.