Avoiding Accidents While Moving Around The Factory FloorIn previous weeks we have seen Health & Safety risks posed on the factory floor by sustained exposure high noise levels, the wearing of improper clothing and by failing to follow correct procedures for manufacturing processes like welding.

Today we shall take a look at images from eLearning videos showing risks of accidents on a factory floor caused by the movement of equipment and people.

Setting the stage

Start your eLearning module or video by showing that a typical factory floor will have all kinds of activity which could include pallet trucks, forklifts, cranes and even the occasional bicycle.

Typical Factory Floor Setting
Screenshot from eLearning video showing a typical factory floor setting

Next you should focus the learner’s attention on the fact that he/she needs to always be on the lookout for others on the factory floor – especially if they are operating some equipment. Show real examples. Ideally at least one with a dangerous situation. And another with expected behavior.

See the two examples below. In the first example the person is busy walking and reading at the same time and ends up having a near collision with a forklift coming around a blind corner. In the second example a person wants to go across a forklift in operation and does this the correct way.

Simulating a near-accident

Walking and reading at the same time. Not a good idea.
Walking and reading at the same time. Not a good idea.

Here comes the forklift on a blind corner
Here comes the forklift on a blind corner

Failing to look in the safety mirror
Failing to look in the safety mirror

Whoops! A near miss!!
Whoops! A near miss!!

The above images are from an eLearning video which shall be embedded into a Web Based Training. Using videos you can easily simulate near accidents which can help focus the learners’ minds.

Demonstrating the correct behavior

Never end your eLearning module or your eLearning video without showing the learner what is the correct way to do things. Below you will see how we show the correct procedure to go around a forklift which is being used to store containers.

A forklift operator is storing some containers. He is focused on his job.
A forklift operator is storing some containers. He is focused on his job.

Before crossing the forklift, get the operator give you the signal to pass
Before crossing the forklift, get the operator give you the signal to pass

Now you can pass safely
Now you can pass safely

In simple steps your eLearning video can demonstrate correct behavior leaving the learner with a positive thought in his / her mind.

In conclusion, one of the easiest ways to avoid unnecessary accidents on the factory floor is to ensure that everyone has their eyes wide open at all times. Using eLearning video you can get this message across in the most effective way.

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