Last week, I was sorry to have found out that an HVACR worker was killed on the job. I read about it on a Phoenix TV station’s website. According to the report, the man’s clothes got caught on a scissor lift’s controls. The equipment lifted him and he was crushed to death.
This is far from the only way that people can die or be injured or become sick on the job in the HVACR industry. Besides being hurt or killed by or around construction or other equipment, there are other inherent risks to working in on a job site in HVACR. A few that come to mind are falling off of a ladder or rooftop, not turning off the electrical current to equipment to be worked on when it should be turned off, mishandling or improperly working with ammonia or other refrigerants, overexposure to the elements, or a driving accident.
With all the ways a worker can be injured or killed on the job, each contracting company and wholesale distributor should have safety guides that it follows and has its employees follow. If you don’t have one, or if it’s been a while since you’ve reviewed it, it’s time to take care of that. Do it now before anyone gets sick, hurt, or worse.
While safety procedures won’t guarantee that no one will ever get hurt on the job, it lessens the chances of it happening. If they are crafted correctly, they can help keep the company and workers in compliance with the law.
If you have any tips on creating or reviewing and updating safety procedures and guidelines for HVACR companies, share them in the comment section below or email them to me.
Stay safe out there.