The Dangers of Mobile Phones!!!
Distractions are one of the leading causes for accidents and injuries in the workplace, many of which involve mobile devices.
When people start paying attention to a text message or game, they stop paying attention to the task at hand, which can result in disaster in the form of an accident or worse.
Unfortunately, this is true for any type of work
- Being distracted increases your chances of having a serious accident. It slows down your reaction times and puts you in danger of failing to see hazards such as dangerous machinery, emergency stops or all other potential hazards, including traffic and pedestrians around the sheds, inside the sheds, paddock
- Anything that takes your mind or eyes off the job, or your hands off the wheel, not only compromises your safety, but that of everyone else
Moonrocks operates a No Personal Mobile phone policy . Personal Mobile phones are strictly forbidden.
Personal Mobile phones are not allowed in the growing / packing handling / storage areas unless specified by your supervisor. Anyone caught using a personal mobile phone for personal use during working hours will have disciplinary action taken against them.
DISTRACTED FORKLIFT OPERATOR SERIOUSLY INJURES CO-WORKER
Forklift operator Ramon Jamison discusses what happened the day he was distracted by texting and struck a co-worker.
“I usually keep my phone in my locker every morning, but my wife was having an ultrasound that morning and I wanted to know if we were having a little boy or a little girl, so I kept my phone with me,” says Ramon.
“I was moving stacks of pallets in the storage yard when I heard the message alert go off,” he adds.
Ramon says he was so excited to find out that he didn’t even think about not checking his text. He looked down and had to focus on his phone for a moment to select and read the text.
“That’s when Ronnie suddenly walked in front of the forklift and I didn’t see him until I heard him shout,” he continues. “The thought of anyone walking in front of my forklift was the furthest thing from my mind.”
What should have been one of the best days of his life ended up being one of the worst. Not only did Ramon lose his job for violating his company’s rules on cell phone use, his actions caused the death of a friend and a co-worker
MACHINE OPERATOR’S SPLIT-SECOND DECISION RESULTS IN TRAUMATIC INJURY
Machine operator Iris McMurray explains how her desire for instant access to information led to an instant injury as well.
“During lunch, my boyfriend and I were texting each other about our last-minute weekend trip to the beach. He was trying to find a nice hotel that still had a vacancy,” says Iris.
“We’re not supposed to take our phones into the production area, but everybody does it, so I figured it would be okay. Plus, I was eager to find out if he found a place to stay,” she adds.
Iris said she worked for a while and then noticed she had a text from her boyfriend concerning their hotel room.
It happened so fast! As I tried to reply, I somehow dropped the phone right into my machine,” she says. “My first reaction was to grab it before it got eaten by the machine, or worse yet, jam up the production line.” When Iris dropped her phone, she tried to grab it off the machine’s conveyor, but her hand was crushed when it was caught between the conveyor belt and the roller.
I’ll have to live with that split-second decision for the rest of my life. If I had just followed company policy, and just waited until my afternoon break. If I had just thought about how dangerous texting around that machine was. Now, every time I look at my hand, I wonder, what if?” Iris concludes.
Iris could have waited to correspond with her boyfriend; it would not have made any difference other than her eagerness to know the weekend plans. We’ve all heard the expression, “Curiosity killed the cat.” In this case, a desire for instant information injured Iris