November 16, 2011 1 Comment
On the average there are 10 accidental deaths and about 1000 disabling injuries every hour in the United States. In every instance the victim was somebody who did not plan or expect they would be hurt or killed.
In just a matter of seconds, your whole world could change.
It’s impossible to predict every single hazard you will encounter in a day since there is never a total absence of risks in our lives. Risks are voluntary actions and can be managed by constantly asking ourselves: “Am I being safe at this very moment?”
Think about the job at hand and evaluate for hazardous conditions:
- Check the weight of an item before trying to lift it.
- Check the area above, below, and around you for protrusions to avoid bumping your head or other body parts.
Think before you act:
- Do not hurry.
- Don’t become careless.
Think Clean! Good housekeeping prevents many injuries:
- Place tools back into proper storage when finished with them.
- Remove trash and debris from walkways.
- Clean up spills.
Think about driving more cautiously especially as inclement weather approaches:
- Inspect your vehicle to make sure everything is in good working order.
- Use your headlights to be SEEN by other drivers.
- Use turn signals so others know your intentions.
- Double check for traffic when your traffic light turns green. People run red lights!
Think about your coworkers’ safety:
- Help a coworker to avoid an injury.
- Point out unsafe behavior to coworker.
- Have a “See it, Own it, Solve it.” attitude when it comes to safety issues.