There is a lot to think about when we are working. We need to be sure that we are doing the job to the best of our abilities: quality, efficiency, and safely. Often we are focused on the task and presume that other people around us are aware of how and what we are doing..
However, this is not always the case. It is easy to assume that, because we understand our job very well, other people have the same knowledge. This is seldom the case. It can help to know what types of people are present. If you are delivering product to a construction site, you should be inducted and given information about the site. This would indicate that the other people on the site are aware of what work is being carried out, and the potential risks to them.
If you are delivering or collecting from a farm as another example, there is more likelihood that there will be people on site who need supervision. This may include children.
In either case, there could be people who are new to the task, or who are visitors. These people may not understand how hazardous your task is. They may assume that a tipper truck will never roll over, or a load never falls off the far side when unloading with a forklift, or that the dust or noise you are will not impact on them.
As the person carrying out the task, you are responsible for the safety of yourself and those around you. Before starting work, make sure everyone in the same area is aware of what you are going to do. Make sure they understand the no-go areas or the PPE (personal protective equipment) they must wear. If you need their help, be very clear that they know what you expect of them. Go over the process as many times as necessary. Establish the communication method you will use. Practice the hand signals. Check they have the correct PPE and they know how to use it. Obviously, the more often you work with a person, the more you will trust their understanding.
Look at each task as a new situation and be sure that the health and safety of yourself and others is the first thing you do. Stop and review this at any time you lose sight of the other people, or if you change the process, or if something doesn’t feel right.
How can Safewise help?
Here at Safewise, we have experienced and skilled consultants who are able to advise on carrying out your day to day tasks safely and efficiently.
Whether its on a construction site, a farm, or in an office, we are able to offer personalised services to help ensure the safety of your work place. For more information, contact us.