Dec 07, 2011 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Safety must be our focus and our passion.  Fostering a safety culture is a primary responsibility for anyone in a leadership role.  That means demonstrating an unwavering commitment to safety and having zero tolerance for unsafe actions and behaviors.  Every employee should recognize the importance of doing their job safely.   

Just a few days ago, a bulldozer operator was seriously injured when the bulldozer travelled over a high wall and fell 90 feet to the pit below.  The victim was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. Examining your work area and being aware of where your equipment is should be done before you start the job. A spotter should always be used to warn equipment operators when and if they are about to approach a high wall.

There is no job so important and no service so urgent that we cannot take the time to perform our work safely.  We must do whatever it takes to prevent accidents and injuries.  There must be a commitment to provide as safe an environment as possible for all employees.  Each employee must be responsible for their safety and held accountable for those around them, as well as the equipment they are using.

Most accidents are caused by only two things – unsafe acts and unsafe conditions.  Did you know that 9 out of 10 accidents are the result of things we do when we know better? Why do we deliberately expose ourselves to injury every day?  

 We have more to fear from our own actions than from any other job hazard around us.  

Unfortunately, many of us think about doing whatever it takes to get the job done.  If we have done it the same unsafe way many times before, what can go wrong?  We might realize in the back of our minds that there is a potential danger, but we take the shortcut anyway, justifying to ourselves that the risk is minimal. Some of us even think because we have avoided an accident so many times before, that we are actually safety conscious!  We know the right way to do something; we realize there is a degree of danger, but tell ourselves that “it won’t happen to me.”    

Some of us are meticulous about following safe work practices, but because a job “will only take a minute,” we will use unsafe methods.  How many times do we not wear our safety glasses because the job will only take a minute?  Or we don’t lock out a machine, even though the adjustment would take just a few seconds?   Many car accidents happen within a few miles of our homes, yet how many of us take the time to fasten our seat belts when just going to the corner market or taking our kids to school?

Why take a chance in the first place?  Only you can decide to take the time to do your job safely and correctly. Be safe and committed to yourself and those around you.