Slips, Trips & Falls Cable Hooks For Reduced Accidents & Improved Safety During Shutdowns

By Chris Dodds on 20th November, 2015

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Slips, Trips & Falls Cable Hooks For Reduced Accidents & Improved Safety During Shutdowns

Accidents are expensive: but is it safety, or housekeeping that will make the change?

Slips, trips and falls account for 25% of workplace liability accidents (HSENI Annual Report), while 95% of major slips and trips result in broken bones, and they can also be the initial cause for a range of other accident types such as falls from height.

Using the 80/20 rule, the main focus should be to reduce these common accidents. Let’s look at common causes of workplace accidents, and find some quick, free or low costly solutions to prevent this unnecessary evil.

 

Preventing Slips

Slips often happen due to wet or slippery floors. Wet and slippery floors can sometimes be easily tackled by small adjustments in the work environment. For example, a change in the cleaning regime proved one company to reduce its slips by 80%.

Think small adjustments ; choose a convenient time to clean the floors when most employees are behind their desks, workstations or worksites in the field, rather than cleaning floors at 7:45 am, just before all employees arrive to work, or just before the shift change. Have a door mat for all entry points, it’s cheap and effective.

Simple slip prevention includes using the correct type of slip-resistant footwear. Remember, if footwear is supplied as personal protective equipment (PPE), it must be supplied free of charge to employees.

The decision to involve the affected employees in choosing the right shoes, will help the employees understand the issues and will promote positive change.

Also, consider age and construction of buildings, whether there is evidence of leaking roofs, if walkways are exposed to the elements, or whether there is a potential for water, mud, ice or other substance build-up.

The most important factor in slip accident prevention is to have decent grip at all times. In a food industry plant this method reduced slipping accidents up to 60%.

Having arrangements for routine cleaning and dealing with accidental spills is normal practice in every company. Where floors cannot be kept clean and dry, again, slip-resistant footwear can prevent accidents.

 

How To ‘Tackle’ Trips

Trips are often caused by uneven floor surfaces and obstacles, or trip hazards. These can be prevented by design and good housekeeping regimes.

Keeping the workplace clean and organised is the clear prevention message. Are there any trip hazards in corridors and walkways or in the entire industrial work environment?

Think of tripping hazards such as cables, tools, hoses, boxes, pallets, or other objects that could cause a potential tripping accident.

Removing these hazards can be done by tying them up next to the walkways, or re-routing these items away from the walk spaces.

Quick solutions to remove hazardous obstructions from the work floor vary, from cable tie-wraps, steel wires, welding anodes and ‘S’ shaped safety hooks.

Video : Cablesafe Hooks 

Cablesafe Cable Hook Applications

Cable Hooks For Safe Cable Support, Suspension & Management

Cablesafe hooks are a simple product designed to suspend hoses, wires, cables and ropes. Standard hooks are used by most of the major oil and gas companies and enable employees to adhere to their housekeeping and safety policies.

Cable Hooks for Safe Cable Handling Cablesafe cable hooks provide clean and well organised work floor/decks improving operational electrical safety and cable management. Cable hooks support and suspend all types of electrical cables (LV-HV power, control, instrumentation), welding cables, extension cords and hoses.

Cablesafe Cable Hooks

According to Westmark, these cable hooks do not conduct electricity and are heat resistant; the hooks are designed to improve safety on the work floor and allow for decent object and cable protection against wear and tear.

Keeping walkways and work areas free of dangerous obstructions is key to safety and good housekeeping.

Cablesafe safey hooks are available in 3 sizes (6in, 9in, 12in) and can carry loads of up to 190kg - cable hooks are fire retardant, non-conductive and have very high UV resistance ensuring long service lifetime. 

6" Cablesafe Cable Hook

(Weight Limit: 40 kg (88 lbs)

9" Cablesafe Cable Hook

(Weight Limit: 55 kg (121 lbs)

12" Cablesafe Cable Hook

(Weight Limit: 190 kg (418 lbs)

15" Cablesafe Cable Hook

( Weight Limit: 300 kg (661 lbs)

 

 

Pictured: Cablesafe Safety Hooks can be used to prevent trips - the below photograph shows an example work environment before and after using the Cablesafe safety hook 


Cablesafe Safety Hooks - BeforeCablesafe Safety Hooks - After

 

Checking Your Walkways

Check for suitable walkways. Are they in the right place? Are they being used? Are they available for use? What tasks are taking place on the walkway? Are some tasks preventing the employee from seeing where he or she is going?

Lessons: Walkways must be safe to walk over at all times. Confronted with tasks carrying loads of tools or boxes in hand, employees should have the confidence that you and your co-workers have housekeeping elements embedded in their work operation.

This can be done by well described company policies and procedures, which should be implemented through company campaigns and brought into the company culture by training for all employees.

By keeping walkways safe and clean, employees’ experience free walkways with no clutter. Well-marked and obstructed repair sites will have better visibility during construction, maintenance or turnaround activities.

Do you already have enough policies and procedures, but still want to improve the bottom line by safe work attitude adjustment? Try to apply a teach-by-example approach.

For example, a refinery with many contractors, different job requirements and safety policies may pressure the workers to cut corners by not following these company guidelines and procedures.

“Employees often work under high pressure, creating unsafe situations and unwanted costly accidents as a result,” says Lodewijk Westerbeek van Eerten, Director of Westmark BV, manufacturer of Cablesafe safety hooks.

He explains that a turnaround manager at a refinery hired a low paid student for work place improvement. “They had this guy constantly walk around with a backpack full of hooks and let him try to find as many items as possible to hook up.

Cheap, simple and effective, introducing this ‘improvement-by-example, not requirement’ did not only provide an immediate result, but it had a positive influence in the way employees worked safer in an unobstructed work environment.”

Pictured: Cablesafe Safety Hooks

Westmarks Cablesafe Safety Hook

 

Keeping Walkways Safe & Clean

At some sites, as well as over 30% of injuries are caused by slips, trips and falls. Industry statistics confirm this. The British Ceramics Confederation did research on this topic and found that when accidents happen, employees are absent from work.

This puts pressure on families, costs money, and hurts the bottom line. Could all of this be avoided? Lost time injuries by slips, trips and falls are often simple to prevent and can improve the companies’ incident ratings in the short term.

Housekeeping simply improves the workplace for others, who can in their turn dedicate time to focus on their core jobs and appreciate not having to sort their cables and hoses out in the end. A benefit is that hoses and cables do not wear as fast by passing traffic, resulting in fewer spills.

 

Improving Essential Housekeeping Elements

It is not just good enough to have a walkway; it must be kept clear, no obstructions and no trailing wires. Employees and cleaners need to have “see it, sort it” attitude to ensure these and other work areas are kept clear.

Is the cleaning regime effective? Are there enough storage bins on the facility? Have you described this standard type of working in your company?

Lessons: Keep it clear, remove cables and hoses and work in a clean environment by suspending obstructions with tie-wraps or hooks from the work floor. This will not only improve the lifecycle of these tools and cables, but it will significantly reduce the number of tripping points.

Apply housekeeping to keep walk ways helps employees and contractors understand that your company applies high safety standards by tackling direct causes of the highest incident rate; slips, trips and falls.

 

Design & Maintenance Of The Workplace Environment

When assessing the quality of your safety regime, ask the following questions:

  • Is the floor suitable and safe for the workers?
  • Is it fitted correctly and properly maintained?
  • Are walkways wide enough and do they have no unexpected level differences?
  • Are stairs suitable?
  • Are solid handrails available at every stair case?
  • Do environmental factors such as good lighting conditions also fall in the category of good housekeeping? Is there enough light for employees to identify hazards?

 

Pictured : Offshore Cable Hooks - Cablesafe S-shpaed cable hooks can be interlinked and connectored to provide versatile solutions to supporting and suspending cables on offshore oil and gas platforms.

Cable Hooks Offshore

Offshore Cablesafe Hooks

Lessons: Floor openings used for maintenance or repair should be well‐marked. Make sure lighting is sufficient and that slopes, unbalanced variations in floor levels, and steps are clearly visible.

Keep walkways and work areas clear of obstructions. Blunt objects in walkways should be well marked and have soft padding.

Slips and trips are not only unpleasant, but are costly to the bottom line. Use common sense to review risks. Discuss “What if’s...”, and find low cost solutions.

It leaves us with the question; should housekeeping be an essential part of your safety department when it comes to preventing the most likely type of accidents on your work floor?

Pictured : Cablesafe "Glow-in-the-Dark" Versions. Cable hooks provide extra orientation in case of power black-outs or other emergency situations.

Cable Hooks

 

Shutdowns & Turnarounds

With an ever increasing need for cost control and management of project complexities, the significance of every decision made by a TAR manager during the planning and execution stages of these events is continuously imperative.

As the current oil price downturn has widened refining margins and set owners smiling from ear to ear, the realities are still the same for the shutdown manager.

In this interview, IQPC speak with a Shutdowns and Turnarounds veteran, André Bokma, Turnaround Coordinator at Neste.

The interview confronts the growing difficulties of finding the right people for the job, and how the simple, graphical visualisation of the turnaround process can really swing the balance between success and failure.

 

Video : Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls. Did you know that 15% of all accidental workplace deaths were caused by Slips, Trips & Falls? 

 

  • Further reading :

Glow In The Dark Cable Hangers & Cable Hooks

Cablesafe Cable Hooks for Safe Cable Support, Suspension & Hanging

Cablesafe Cable Hooks - Safety Meets Simplicity With Thorne & Derrick

 

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