Certain professions expose your health to greater dangers than others. In construction, transport, and agriculture, among other things, it is best to stay on top.
I investigated what is being done to guarantee safety in the workplace.
No less than 10 percent of all major industrial accidents in our country take place in construction. Construction workers often work at heights, they work with machines and with ‘rolling material’, such as cranes and trucks. Moreover, the working environment is also constantly changing: propositions are broken down, handrails disappear, gaps arise.
Prevention: After a risk analysis on site, concrete safety measures can be taken. According to the law, a yard must also be orderly, so that the chance of tripping and falling decreases.
Farmers and fishermen
You might not have expected it, but agriculture is number 1 in our country when it comes to accidents at work. However, the number of people working in agriculture is much smaller than in construction, so the numbers there are much higher. Slipping and tripping are the culprits here, but also the loss of control over transport, hand tools, machines, herdsmen or animals lead to serious accidents.
Prevention: Training courses for safe machine use and first aid courses must increase safety for farmworkers. Training is also available on the use of pesticides.
Storage and transport
On the road, but also in the port, many industrial accidents occur during transport and storage. The use of heavy machinery and the loading and unloading of heavy goods certainly play a role in this. Means of transport on the work floor, such as forklifts, also give rise to accidents.
Prevention: Forklifts get blind spot mirrors and companies can work out a traffic plan. The management must also make clear that safety is a priority: a casual culture in the workplace encourages accidents.
The job of a garbage collector is heavy, dirty and dangerous. He or she not only has to be able to lift heavily, but also travels up to 10 kilometers per day on foot and is sometimes confronted with particularly dangerous traffic situations. The contents of the garbage bags also give rise to accidents more than often; for example, there are miscreants in this world that hide broken glass or needles in their residual waste.
Prevention: The safety here is mainly increased by focusing on visibility. The collection truck must turn on the flashing lights and the collectors must wear brightly colored suits. Thick, sturdy gloves are essential. Garbage collectors are also not allowed to jump on or off the moving car or put their hands in the valve.
Heavy lifting, slipping, hazardous substances and working under time pressure: cleaners know everything about it. Those who work in industrial cleaning run an additional risk due to the toxic substances and heavy machines. But you are also exposed to dangers as ‘normal’ household help. This way you can fall down a ladder or come in contact with toxic household products.
Prevention: A risk analysis is always recommended in cleaning. In addition, cleaners can follow various safety training courses and safe ladders and equipment, gloves and other work clothing and ergonomic aids are essential.