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Are your Hispanic workers safe?

Mulhern B
Tree Care Ind 2006 May; 17(5):44-50
Hank Cierpich, a safety engineer and investigator with me California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program, has investigated the deaths of many Hispanic workers - including those in tree care - over the years. He believes thai the high number of Hispanic workers dying on the job in the United Slates is both unacceptable and preventable. Cierpich rccendy spoke al the 12th Annual AgSafe Conference in Seaside, Calif., and had these suggestions for tree care com· panics and other employers that have Hispanic workers: 1. Make your safety training site·specific. Tmin on the job (versus in a classroom or another location). 2. Use "real" photos in your training. In other words. don', be afraid to show your Hispanic workers graphic photos of what could happ::n to them. 3. Provide "hands-on" training. Never assume that one of your workers understands how to operate a chain saw, chipper, or other equipment until a supervisor has monitored (and signed off on) the person demonstraling actual use of the equipment. 4. Encourage employee participation in safety presentations. 5. Keep it simple. Prepare low-literacy materials (including materials in Spanish), and "don't be using college words or $10 words when you can use a 50 cent word." 6. Use "show and tell" sessions to ensure that knowledge has been gained. 7. Encourage teamwork. 8. Make training interesting. 9. Don't tell your workers to "go do it." Instead, "do it with them." 10. Show your Hispanic workers that you care. "Show them that you respect them, and that they are human beings not entities you can push aside."
Accidents; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-rates; Hazards; Workers; Work-environment; Risk-factors; Safety-education; Safety-programs; Safety-measures; Training; Education; Demographic-characteristics; Sociological-factors
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