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Most of us know that accidents are caused by only two things -
unsafe acts or practices, and unsafe conditions. Some of us even know that 9 out
of 10 accidents are the result of unsafe acts, or things we do when we know
better. This is kind of strange if you think about it. We have more to fear
from our own actions than from any other job hazards around us. Why do we
deliberately expose ourselves to injury every day?
It Won't Happen To Me
Basically, most of us are just thinking about getting the job
done and we tend to rationalize the risk of getting injured. We think to
ourselves that we have done this job many, many times this way and nothing bad
has happened. Therefore, nothing bad will happen to us today. On an intellectual
level, we realize there is a potential danger but decide that the risk of being
injured is low. Because we have not been injured so far, we actually think of
ourselves as being very safety conscious. We know the right way to do it, we
realize that it is hazardous to do it this way, but what we are really thinking
to ourselves is "it won't happen to me."
We Take Short Cuts
Some of us are fairly meticulous about following safe work
practices, but because a job "will only take a minute" we use an
unsafe method or tool. For example, not putting on our safety glasses because
the job will only take a minute, or not locking out a machine because an
adjustment will only take a second.
Usually we think about it just before we do something a little
unsafe, or maybe quite a bit unsafe. We know better, we know the safe way to do
it, but we take that little chance. In effect we are saying, "I know that
this could result in an injury, but "it can't happen to me." Maybe
it's human nature to think that accidents always happen to someone else, but
they can happen to you too. What makes you different?
Why take a chance in the first place? Only you can decide to take the time to do your job safely and correctly the first time.
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