Monday, May 7, 2012

Today’s Safety Topic: Communication & Job Rotation!

Communication among each other can prevent many injuries especially those of a repetitive nature.  All employees need to communicate with their supervisors if they are developing pain in their shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, back, etc., from performing a specific task over and over.  These types of problems can be prevented from turning into an injury.  If you are noticing signs that your body is getting fatigued from doing a repetitive task over and over, your body probably just needs a break from that specific task which is causing the pain.  The preventative measure in this case to alleviate the pain and to keep the pain from becoming an injury could be as simple as job rotation.  Once the employee reports to his/her lead supervisor that he/she is developing pain in a specific body part from performing a repetitive task, the lead supervisor should then discuss this with their Superintendent and develop a plan to change that employee’s duties for a period of time to give that body part a break.  This simple procedure of job rotation will typically prevent the pain from becoming an injury.  If a supervisor knows ahead of time of a repetitive task that will go on for a long period of time, an idea would be to have a couple of employees trained to perform the task and rotate the employees out every couple hours, days or as needed to help reduce the risk of an injury.    
If not for yourself, be safe for your family and loved ones.
Should you have any questions regarding this topic, you are encouraged to discuss this with your lead supervisor, Superintendent our call our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.