Wescom WINS (Wescom Invests Non-Stop in Safety) reminds us that safety is a constant investment that needs to be made. Whether on-site or off-site, you can invest in safety by looking out for yourself and those around you all year long. As we prepare for Winter, let’s remember to keep the Wescom WINS top 10 safety hazards in mind! 

The top 10 WINS safety hazards are:
  1. Driving – While driving, be aware of what’s going on around you. You can’t predict how animals, other drivers, or even pedestrians will act. Traffic, road, and weather conditions should also be considered in determining the safe speed within the legal limit. 
  2. Line of Fire – Similar to driving, be aware of your surroundings. Whether on a job site or at home, keep your eyes open for anything that could cause an accident, injury, etc.
  3. Ergonomics – Workstations should be ergonomically designed to avoid such stresses as eyestrain, repetitive motion disorders, back strain, etc.
  4. Job Safety Analysis (JSA’s) – A Job Safety Analysis is used to help workers identify and prevent any hazards or potential hazards before they begin work. This is all to prevent injuries and illnesses. This means that, before starting a job, ensure everyone understands what work needs to be completed, what role they play, and what the safety rules are. 
  5. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Appropriate personal protective equipment, such as clothing, head/face protection, respirators, and emergency eyewash should always be provided and used when necessary.
  6. Mobile Equipment/Excavation – When operating Mobile Equipment, use good judgment. Make sure that you fully understand the equipment you’ll be operating and the capabilities and limitations you have.
  7. Lock Out/Tag Out (LOTO) – All sources of hazardous energy should be de-energized, isolated, or otherwise effectively controlled and Locked Out/Tagged Out by someone who has been trained and given clearance. Make sure to verify that it was successfully Locked Out/Tagged Out before starting any work.
  8. Falls/Working at Heights – Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common job site accidents and are easily preventable. Follow all safety procedures, common sense, and awareness of potential hazards on the job site.
  9. Confined Space – A written permit must be completed before entering a confined space. Those entering permitted confined spaces will be informed of the existence, location, and danger. Posted signs at the entrance can help raise awareness of the confined space.
  10. Electrical/Arc Flash – Electrical equipment and lines shall always be considered energized unless proven to be de-energized and grounded. Only trained and authorized employees should be permitted to work on or near energized lines and equipment.

Remember, someone is waiting for you to come home. Be safe!

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