MySafetySign, an ecommerce site that produces official Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) signs, has launched a “spot the hazard” campaign to promote awareness of dangerous workplace safety hazards. The campaign is an ongoing effort by the company to open a dialogue with construction workers, contractors, and their families.
#HazardSpotting uses social media platforms to crowd source and analyze suspected construction site safety violations. Individuals are encouraged to take pictures of potentially unsafe construction sites they encounter and share them via email or with @MySafetySign on Twitter using the hashtag #HazardSpotting. MySafetySign then enlists the help of relevant safety experts to spot the hazards in the photos, and shares the “answers” through blog posts.
Mike Miles, Social Media Manager, explains that “#HazardSpotting helps shine an expert light on everyday construction. It creates accountability and will hopefully improve worker safety in communities across the country. We’ve had a lot of enthusiasm and engagement from safety professionals, especially on LinkedIn.”
To date, MySafetySign has nine #HazardSpotting posts explaining dangerous conditions in various construction zones. The most recent post analyzes sidewalk scaffolding hazards in an urban construction zone, including endangered pedestrians; slip, trip, and fall hazards; and lack of PPE.
Photos of unsafe working conditions and explanations can be found on the company’s blog at: http://www.mysafetysign.com/blog/category/hazardspotting/. To submit a photo, send an email to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, please include the location, time of day, and hazards that you can see when you send in the photo. Also indicate how you would like to be credited.