In an age where conscious consumerism and social responsibility are increasingly becoming the norm, the imperative for businesses to cultivate responsible value chains has never been more vital. It's not just about profit margins and growth anymore; it's about embodying ethical practices that resonate with the values of the consumers you serve. At Safetyware, we wholeheartedly believe in this principle and have taken significant steps to align our operations with the ethos of responsible business.
When it comes to working at heights, the paramount importance of fall protection cannot be overstated. Among the array of safety gear available, full-body harnesses stand out as a lifeline against the unforgiving force of gravity. These harnesses are meticulously designed to distribute the impact forces of a fall across the body, preventing catastrophic injuries. The OSHA states that if a worker can fall 6 feet (1.8m) or more while working they must have a fall protection system in place.
The importance of wearing the right body harnesses cannot be emphasized enough. Wearing a fitted full-body harness and lanyard correctly is a crucial measure to prevent falls from height. The harness provides a secure connection between the worker and a fall protection system anchored to the structure. A comprehensive guide to full-body harnesses sheds light on their components and their suitability across various industries.
Working at heights comes with its own set of challenges and risks, making safety an absolute priority for anyone in such environments. In industries like construction, maintenance, and even adventure sports, having reliable fall protection systems can be the difference between life and death. Vertical and horizontal lifelines have emerged as critical tools in ensuring the safety of individuals working at elevated locations. In this article, we'll delve into the significance of these lifelines.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) statistics, about 2.3 million people worldwide die due to occupational accidents or diseases every year, which means that over 6000 deaths occur every day. Statistics from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Malaysia show that 3670 occupational accidents happened from January 2022 to June 2022; within these numbers, 102 are death cases, and 113 of the workers suffer from permanent disability. In fact, poor workplace safety and health are costly in terms of money and manpower. Case studies show that good OSH management in a business is linked to improved performance and profitability (EU-OSHA, 2021).
Fall injury is one of the most common workplace injuries. According to Injury Facts®, 42,114 people died in falls at home and work in 2020. Working at height is a dangerous activity as the risk of falling can be fatal and can cause disability. Safety should be prioritized in any type of working area, especially working at height.
How would life be like if you felt as though you could never fully catch your breath?
800,000 Eye Injuries Occur Annually, 90% are Preventable
Unfortunately, eye-related injuries are a very common incident. Averagely, 800,000 eye injuries happened on the job yearly, including 36,000 that occurred during time off from work. However, the eye health and safety organization Prevent Blindness America has stated that 90% of all eye injuries can be avoided by wearing appropriate eye protection. Some typical causes of workplace related eye injuries are chemical burns, cuts, lacerations, and punctures. Workers from the industries of production, transportation and service have a higher risk to be involved in eye injuries due to their nature of work.
Statistics on Occupational Injuries from Electrical Incidents
In 2021, the average number of electrical accidents in Malaysia is at 52 cases yearly. According to the Energy Commission (EC), the majority of these accidents were contributed by the usage and handling of uncertified and faulty electrical appliances. We feel sorrowful for the recent electrocuted incident that happened to a 21-year-old worker on Aug 5, 2022.
Head injury is one of the most common causes of fatal accidents at any industrial worksite. According to the data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2019, one worker died from work-related injury every 99 minutes. In 2007, 1066 workers from the field of construction and extraction experienced fatal injuries. Head injury can lead to devastating and traumatic changes to one in both mental and physical aspects. Apart from death, severe head injury may cause inability in performing day-to-day activities and further influence his/ her ability to work. This might lead to financial crisis for a family when the injured person is the breadwinner of their family.