“He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall. He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them. If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.” Ecclesiastes 10: 8-10
Since the beginning of times risks have been around us, and as the verse above advices: “it is of wise to recognize danger and prevent it.”
The past few months we have been investing time in workshops that will prepare our people to work in a safer atmosphere. A committee has been formed to identify the possible risks in each of the work areas. When we talk about risks we take into consideration: physical, mechanical, chemical, biological, and psychosocial risks that could be affecting the workplace. The committee has been formed by key administration, mechanic, electrical and agricultural people. Having a good representation of all areas allows us to consider all possible risks.
At the time we have reviewed all aspects on the agricultural side and have been satisfied to find that there are no mayor observations or risk factors encountered in our processes. However, there are uniform & equipment policies that need to be reinforced.
Training will be the key to the success of this program. Sometimes, workers are reluctant to use safe procedures because they are used to doing things their own way. It is going to be the role of the farm butler to point out the consequences of not using the proper procedures that have been placed for their own safety. More visual aid in forms of posters will also be put as reminders of important procedures.
Next month we will review processes related to milling, transportation and medical emergencies.
All risk factors are being measured by the level of consequences they might have and the probability they may occur. Those that represent an “intolerable risk” are the first that will be looked into.
The whole process may take up to a year to be implemented, but we expect the most important factors to be fixed by the beginning of the next agricultural season.