Wilcox Safety Toolbox Talk

In addition to keeping our technicians certified we do weekly industry talks where we discuss topics such as workplace safety. More importantly share experiences to promote best health and safety practices. This is gives our Service Manager a chance to bring up new safety requirements and training opportunities. The skills and knowledge our technicians gain from these session help Wilcox rise above the competition.

Some of our topic of discussions: Proper tools to take on a job. Electrical Safety Authority. What to do in case of. Client feedback and upcoming training.

Safety First – Important certification by Industry or Product

Certified technicians are important because it takes the liability off of you if anything ever happens. Your insurance provider would be able to see that you got the right people repairing or installing equipment. Our technicians perform tasks, often involving an electrical operator hook up which a certified electrician is needed.

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Back Injuries and Prevention

Back injuries are some of the most prevalent and hardest-to-prevent injuries on the job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. These types of injuries account for a large majority of worker’s compensation claims every year.

Back injuries often occur when:

  • An individual is lifting up an object
  • Using improper lifting techniques such as lifting with the back and not the legs
  • Lifting an object that is too heavy for the individual
  • Twisting while lifting or carrying objects
  • Repetitive lifting during a work task

Ways to Prevent Back Injuries

  • Eliminate the amount of lifts your body takes and use equipment like forklifts, dollies, etc…
  • Install mechnical lifting devices and conveyor belts where feasible
  • Use the buddy systems and have a policy in place not lift anything over 100lbs
  • Personal protective equipment such as back support or back belts

Spotter Safety Talk

While spotting for heavy equipment operators may not seem like a dangerous task, it certainly is. Every year back over incidents between equipment and spotters result in fatalities. OSHA states that dump trucks followed by semi trucks and ordinary pickups are responsible for the majority of back over incidents in the past 10 years on the job. Spotting for equipment has been proven to be an effective safeguard for preventing incidents between pedestrians and the equipment as well as preventing property loss incidents, but safe work practices need to be established to protect spotters as well.

Basic Safe Work Practices for Spotting

  • Never walk behind the equipment and spot at the same time. When spotting stand at the desired area where the equipment is going and flag the equipment back to you.
  • Agree on hand signals prior to any spotting activities with equipment operators.
  • As the operator, stop anytime you lose sight of the spotter.
  • Review the work area for any additional hazards such as trip hazards or fixed objects that the equipment can strike. Remove any people, objects, or equipment prior to needing to back into an area to eliminate the possibility of a strike.