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Accident prevention strategies

Lucas Deal June 27, 2013

Accidents happen, but they don’t have to happen every day.

By posting accident prevention signs throughout your facility, training your employees to be safe and taking advantage of safety resources available, you can greatly minimize the risk of accidents in your dealership.

“[Accident prevention] is one of those topics where there’s a hard way and an easy way to learn about it,” says John Craft, CFO at Campbell Freightliner, “and you don’t want to have to learn the hard way.”Caution

One great way to reduce the risk of accidents is through safety signage.

Simple as it sounds, accident prevention signs continuously remind employees of safety best practices and workplace risks.

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends businesses post a variety of signs to promote accident prevention, including Danger, Caution and Safety Instruction signs.

Each sign should relate to the area or equipment immediately surrounding the sign, and should be prominently visible to consistently warn employees of the risks of working in that space.

OSHA describes the circumstances to use each signs as follows:

Danger signs: “All employees shall be instructed that danger signs indicate immediate danger and that special precautions are necessary.”

Caution signs: “Shall be used only to warn against potential hazards or to caution against unsafe practices.”

Safety instruction signs: “Shall be used where there is a need for general instructions and suggestions relative to safety measures.”

OSHA recommends all Danger signs be red, black, and white, with Caution signs being yellow with black or white letters and Safety Instruction signs white with green or black lettering. (For more information on sign design, check OSHA’s website.)

And while what’s written on the signs is important, their largest benefit should come from the memories they trigger in your employee’s minds.

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