Updated corrugating safety information package

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Infographic, hazard alert, and safety talks

PPC 041 Corrugating Safety Information Package

Cover of PPC 041 Health and safety snapshot for Ontario corrugating sectorThe updated Corrugating Safety Information Package includes a health and safety snapshot of the corrugating sector in Ontario, hazard alert, and safety talks regarding prevention of musculoskeletal injuries, and the critical importance of lockout.

Hazard Alert: Recent injuries in Ontario corrugating sector

What happened?
Overexertion and bodily reaction continue to be the leading causes of lost-time injuries in the corrugating sector. MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders) continue to be a problem for sheet and corrugating plants. The sector, although moving toward automation, still has plenty of firms that are hands-on. Many of the presses used in the sector are hand-fed, requiring workers to work up to eight hours a day doing the same tasks, using the same muscle groups. For these smaller plants, the expense of upgrading to newer more modern equipment (e.g. prefeeders/scissor lifts) is often out of range.

Failing to lockout properly, or relying on someone else to protect you could lead to horrific injuries. In the corrugating sector over the past five years, there have been at least five workers who have lost limbs or fingers due to improper lockout. 

How could these incidents have been prevented?
For MSDs, identify, assess and control the risk factors (force, posture and repetition) can lead us to the area that needs to be addressed. Small changes can fix the problem; it doesn’t necessarily mean new updated machines that are expensive, but subtle, simple changes can help relieve pain and suffering.

Where do we start? Having a ‘Strains and Sprains Committee’ can get the ball rolling. The Employee Discomfort Survey, available free at workplacesafetynorth.ca, allows workers to identify where the problems are, and once identified, the committee can focus on the solutions.

For lockout, workers need to be given the time to lockout for every instance that requires it. Lockout has to be looked at as a part of doing business.

Lockout Program Survey – Several free tools are available from WSN to help with proper lockout. Determining where your organization stands can be done with the use of a lockout program survey. The gap between what you do and what needs to be done forms the action plan.

Safety Talks: MSD Prevention and Lockout
The information package includes discussion points for MSD prevention and lockout. Regular safety talks help raise awareness and prevent injury and illness on the job. Safety talks are an informal presentation on a specific subject by a person chosen to lead the session, followed by a group discussion of the topic, how it applies to the workplace, and what it means to the people who work there. Communication is key – workers are encouraged to raise questions and concerns.

For more information on this topic, please contact info@workplacesafetynorth.ca.