Untrained & At Risk: Why Temp Workers Need to Know the Dangers of Overhead Doors
The Great Recession was a major economic nosedive that began in 2008, and we’re still feeling the effects of it to this day. While the economy is beginning to recover and many fields show growth, that doesn’t mean that we’re out of the woods yet. You can see many different factors and signs of a poor economy or a sluggish workforce – higher prices, outsourcing work, and so on. One of the biggest tell tale signs that we’re still dealing with the aftermath of the Great Recession is a rise in temp work. While there aren’t as many full time positions as before, people still need to work. Temp work is a stopgap solution that helps them fill out their resume and earn some money. Some fields can’t bring on temp workers because they require a certain level of certification and training. There are certain companies that round out their workplace with temps because of reduced costs, feeling like they can spend less time on training, and general flexibility. While this solution may work out without a hitch in workplaces like an office building, it’s far more dangerous in a warehouse. Many Mississauga businesses who bring on temps need to be aware of the dangers of overhead doors. Otherwise, you could end up encountering a dangerous – or even fatal – situation. Are the risks that severe? We discuss the potential consequences and how you can avoid them.
Why You Can’t Skip Safety Training When It Comes to Garage Doors
There’s a joke that people tell sometimes, “You have to go through tests and licensing and waiting periods to buy a gun, but I can go and buy a 6,000 pound hunk of metal from a lot right now.” The 6,000 pound weapon they’re referring to is a car. We can take the same principle of this joke and apply it to an industrial garage door. An overhead door is extremely heavy and can move at surprisingly swift speeds. If an employee is caught unawares as the door swings down, they could end up being seriously injured, or in extreme cases, killed. Furthermore, some businesses have asked an employee to attempt to repair or maintain garage doors. For an untrained or inexperienced employee, this is obviously unsafe and can lead to serious injuries. Canadian courts have repeatedly ruled that when an employee is injured by overhead doors, that the business is to blame. Mississauga businesses need to act accordingly and plan safety training for all workers, including temps.
Keep the Benefits of Temps Without Risking Your Business
Of course, none of the above changes the facts that temp workers are hired for a reason. A temporary worker is hired to save money on training, pay, and so on. Their temporary nature is great for employers who are afraid of ending up with a bloated, unnecessarily large workplace. However, you can keep the benefits of hiring temp workers while still being sure to educate them about warehouse safety. Think of it like this: the time that you spend on proper safety training and education is an investment. As a business owner, you’re probably familiar with the concept of investing money to reap rewards down the line. It’s time to apply the same philosophy to time, hassle, and stress. Take action now, such as repairing and maintaining your overhead doors and preparing a training plan. This will be a bump along the road, as you will have to spend time setting all of this up. However, think about the risks that you run if you avoid this crucial step. Imagine spending time in court over a temp worker who has been injured, or dealing with the aftermath of a tragic accident. You’ll also protect your reputation as a safe and sound employer. Spending time training temp workers doesn’t nullify the benefits, but rather provides you with a solid foundation for worker safety and future growth.
How Can I Ensure My Business Provides a Safe Workplace For All Employees?
There are some steps that you can take to ensure that you have a warehouse that is safe for all employees, both temporary and permanent. We explain some of the most important things to do below:
Keep the Technicians on Speed Dial
Make sure that you schedule regular repairs and maintenance with expert technicians. Allowing problems to be ‘swept under the rug’, ignoring small signs that could mean big problems, or expecting employees to handle the work themselves is a recipe for disaster.
Teach Employees About the Consequences
Impress upon employees the importance of being safe around overhead doors. Employees should never be cavalier and chilled out when working around garage doors (although they shouldn’t be paranoid and on edge either). Teach your employees to respect the power, weight, and speed of garage doors.
No Man Left Behind
Ensure that everyone is up to date on safety expectations and standards around the workplace. This means that you should be on top of training new temp workers and ensuring that they fully understand everything about safety and overhead doors. However, it also means that you should be refreshing veteran employees that may have slipped into a state of complacency.
Overhead doors are necessary for a business to carry out its everyday functions. However, they’re also a danger and need to be treated as such. What can a business do? The answer is to ensure that they properly train all employees, including temp workers. Failure to do so can have catastrophic consequences. Make sure you make the right call, or you could pay for it down the road. To discuss an action plan and obtain a free quote from the experts, call McKee-Horrigan Inc. today at 1-888-244-4171.