Established in 2014, Steel Safety Day was set up to reinforce awareness of the five most common causes of safety incidents and to create a safer working environment across the entire steel industry worldwide. By focusing on the five causes - moving machinery, falling from height, falling objects, on-site traffic and process safety incidents - worldsteel intends to set up a continuous improvement process and reiterate its commitment to the safety and health of the people who work in the industry.
Each year, one of the five causes is highlighted to raise awareness of the cause and how to prevent associated risks. In 2015, we focused on moving machinery and in 2016 on working at heights. This year the focus will be on falling objects.
Ahead of the Steel Safety Day, worldsteel requested all its members and the wider steel industry to carry out an extensive safety audit.
The five most common causes of safety incidents and preventative measures have been identified as follows:
Moving machinery – Isolate, lock or pin all energy sources before any machinery is accessed.
Working at heights – Provide regular training, appropriate harnessing equipment and ensure checks are in place when working at height.
Falling objects – Ensure regular checks are in place to remove or secure objects in risk areas.
On-site traffic – Ensure all traffic on the site is operated safely, including road, rail and pedestrians, and remove all unnecessary traffic.
Process safety incidents – Identify potential process safety hazards that could cause explosions or fires and implement adequate precautions.
The aim of this audit is to raise awareness of the main causes of serious incidents and to make the workplace even safer, with the ultimate target for the industry: the 'zero' goal: an injury-free and healthy workplace.