We have amazing technologies at our fingertips, that improve efficiency, production, precision, and design. However, advanced equipment doesn’t necessarily lead to a safer work environment. In fact, there is a minimal amount of information regarding how to properly handle tools, dies, and molds. Our shop is extremely safe because of the knowledge that is passed down, and because many of our workers have been with us for over 30 years.
We talked about mold maintenance earlier this summer. This is when molds are inverted to clean them out and perform maintenance to remove debris build-up. Inverting a mold can be very dangerous if not done correctly. A 10-ton crane lifting a massive mold requires proper safety precautions.
Safe Shop Environment Factors
- Adequate overhead hoist above benches.
- Consistent mold-moving equipment practices, and training.
- Brightly lit bench work area.
- Clean floors and satisfactory housekeeping practices.
- Extreme care with tripping hazards such as hoses and electrical cords on the floor.
- Excellent shop layout with benches inadequate in size and number and spaced far enough apart to safely work among them.
- Clearly designated aisles and walkways.
- Everything has a place, and everything is in its place.
- Formal safety program where employees are responsible for creating safe, specific repair practices that promote teamwork good safety habits.