Preventing Safety Incidents

“You may never know about the incidents that you prevent.” This statement is a lament of many safety professionals, and it applies equally to managers and supervisors who are working hard to prevent injuries.  There isn’t always a way to know when the programs we implement, the inspections we make on the job, or simply the emphasis we place on fall protection, keeps someone safe.
Become a safety fanatic all day, every day.
No one is looking for credit, but it is difficult to appreciate our accomplishments in keeping people safe when we focus most of our attention on the incidents that we haven’t prevented (i.e., incident rates). There are many unsung heroes out there; however anyone who works with people knows how at-risk behaviors such as laziness and taking short cuts can result in a painful and sometimes disabling injury. 
So, what can we do to prevent injuries? Instilling a value for safety in a construction workforce is daunting. While the popular definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, certainly applies, perhaps we need to do more of the same thing in order to achieve better results.  For instance, doing a job walk once a week might seem sufficient, but what about stepping that up to three times a week?  Will the workers respond to that attention that you give them?  Instead of having a safety meeting on Monday morning, what about a safety meeting every day before work? 
Some might say that this will result in a greater degree of insanity, but if we really want to improve, we need greater intensity, and more safety fanatics at every level.
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  • Wow..great words and very nice article...Well said, “Safety is a never ending journey” words from my previous company HSSEQF Director Hari Kumar, it's a Journey on toe’s always, a journey which has no place for lower gears, “Safety in Top Gear always".

    Kamaljeet S Bhangu
  • I want more ideas for the safety of our company as a whole, so we can be better at what we are and doing, to put in plan on what we are building.

    Ernesto Falcon
  • One thing that I've noticed over the years has been sharing true life experiences with the crew. Actual events seem to be better received than hypothetical ones. People need to know the consequences to their own well being above the administrative consequences. I think they should watch a few crane accidents on youtube or file footage to help instill the reality of their environment.

    Benjamin R SanMartin
  • Rich, I really appreciate your comments about conducting job walks and safety meetings more often. It makes us that are trying to lead by example feel good about having safety meetings and job walks every day. It also shows the employees that we care enough to stop by and say hello and is there anything we can do to improve this process? Anyway have an Awesome day.

    Gary Lee Wanagitis


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