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Have you ever done anything stupid, something that you know
puts you at increased risk of injury? When you realize how stupid you were,
whether you got hurt or not, do you ask yourself, "Why did I ever do
that?" For your own future preservation, this should be a very important
question for you to answer yourself. Consider the fact that approximately 20% of
injuries are due to unsafe conditions and 80% are caused by unsafe acts. If you
realize that most unsafe conditions are brought about by human failure, then
virtually all accidents are brought about by unsafe acts. Why did you do
something in an unsafe manner? To answer this question, you will need to put
personal defenses aside and know that blame may lie within yourself. Also
realize that there may be more than one reason for your actions and others may
If you knew the proper, safe way to the do the job, then you
cannot claim ignorance. What is left, whether you like it or not, is
carelessness. So what can cause you to temporarily disregard your own safety?
External Pressure -- "Let's
get this job done!" Usually this pressure comes from your direct
supervisor. Disregarding safe practices is not going to save enough time to make
a significant difference. However, any accident or injury is guaranteed to have
an effect. As a matter of fact, when the pressure is applied, it is worthwhile
to pay more attention to safety because we know, from experience, such
situations frequently lead to more accidents.
Bad Habits -- You fail to follow
the established procedure and you don't get hurt (or you were not caught) this
time. Psychologically, this is a reward and so you do it again and again and
again. But it is also Russian roulette. How many times can you pull the trigger
before a round is in the chamber? You know, sooner or later, something is going
to happen. There is only one way to stop it - stop pulling the trigger. Do
yourself a favor and follow the established procedures.
Internal Pressure -- There is
just so much to do and not enough time!" Are you self-motivated and
self-directed? Most employers love this type of individual, but your
single-minded determination to get the job done may cause you to lose sight of
the dangers around you. Think of it this way, you will not finish the job if you
get hurt. You may finish the job if you don't get hurt. Therefore, first,
prevent injury. Second, work to complete the job. Make sense?
Attitude -- "This safety
stuff doesn't apply to me!" So what makes you so special? A study of mine
accidents involving foremen showed that the foremen were injured when they
personally failed to apply the safety standards they were to enforce. Did the
fact that they were foremen protect them from injury? No. Humans are humans.
Rich or poor. Black or white. Men or women. Strong or weak. There is nothing in
your status that will protect you from injury except following the safe
Remember, safety is no more than doing the job the right way, every day.
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