With the cold, icy weather, February brings a greater number of slips, trips and falls. Cemex UK has reviewed incidents over the last three years and found that nearly half of all incidents occurring among 350 Cemex drivers were slips, trips and falls. To bring awareness to the danger, Cemex will run a campaign this month aimed at the company’s and contractors’ drivers. Of course, it is also relevant to anyone working in similar conditions.
If you work on vehicles:
- Don’t jump off vehicles, always use steps and handholds and maintain 3 points of contact. According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) every year around 2000 drivers and workers are seriously injured in falls from vehicles.
- Step in - if you see something that is unsafe or a colleague doing something that could harm them, “Step in”: say something and help them.
- Ensure you and your colleagues keep surfaces you walk on clean and uncluttered.
- Keep your boots clean and in good condition. Mud and grease could make the soles slippery.
- Report defects such as broken handholds and slippery surfaces.
Slips and trips cause 11 000 major injuries each year across UK industry according to the HSE, with over 80% resulting in fractures and over 90% of the injured being absent from work for at least one week.
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/europe-cis/02022015/cemex-uk-advises-drivers-to-tread-safely-254/