Is it mandatory to wear the hard hat and to provide the site worker with adequate eye protection? In most cases yes. How do you then solve the work site safety if you weld for a short period in between the other work tasks? Read further, we have the solution for you!
When you think about occupational safety in general, it means you must be able to do the job at hand in the right way with the right equipment. And above all, everyone has the right to get home safely at the end of the day.
Hard hat is mandatory
The good thing is that the law obliges companies to pay attention to work safety in many ways. According to the occupational safety and health law, it is mandatory to always wear a hard hat at the construction site and to provide the site workers with adequate eye and hearing protection.
It is also a well-known fact that the personal protective equipment must be suitable for the work in question, for example cold, hot, fire- and explosion-hazardous work environments. Taking ergonomics into account means that the protective equipment must not unnecessarily impede the employee’s work movements or working positions.
So, there´s a challenging equation to solve in the daily work!
Too many head injuries
The good news is that most workplaces pay close attention to worksite safety, the frequency of accidents is actively monitored, and a zero-accident level is a target for many. But still, it is evident that there´s a lot to be done. The figures speak for themselves. According to the Finnish workers´ compensation center, the insurance institutions paid compensation for 103,700 occupational accidents in 2020. Of these, 87,500 occurred during work tasks at the workplace, and 13,409 of them were head injuries at industrial workplaces. These figures represent just one country, so you can imagine what they are like on a global scale.
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