Can you name one shortcut in work that is safe? The only safe shortcuts that I know about are the ones on your computer! Don’t we all take shortcuts at one time or another? Have you used your chair instead of a stepladder to change a light bulb? How about jumping or climbing over a fence, rather than use the gate? Do you ever jaywalk? How hard would it be to wait for the next elevator, instead of rushing and almost getting crushed by the doors?
With the economy in a slump, some companies are taking the low road when it comes to safety training and monitoring. Workers are taking on the responsibility of doubling their workloads, due to downsizing. When both new and existing personnel are not properly schooled in safety procedures and policies, the result can be devastating. In addition to injury or fatalities, they must contend with OSHA fines, workers compensation claims, and lawsuits. Therefore, the best investment companies can make is to keep their employees safe. Safety meetings and rewards for safety performances of employees are helpful, but a company’s consistent promotion and monitoring of safe work ethics is imperative.
It is each person’s job to take responsibility for his/her own safety, as well. We have some suggestions that individuals should follow:
- Never be complacent while doing your job. Look out for yourself, and your co-workers.
- If you run equipment, keep it in good working condition.
- Have a positive attitude.
- Use sound judgment.
- Don’t do something foolish because you are in a hurry.
- Don’t climb over something or use a rope to get somewhere rather than using steps.
- Don’t expect others to keep you safe; you must be responsible.
- Wear the appropriate personal protective equipment for the job.
- Always take the safe route, not necessarily the shorter one, but the safe one!
- Warn others if you see they are in a dangerous situation.
- Be sure you understand your exact job description.
- Be reliable and have a positive attitude about safety.
A lack of knowledge about your job, poor attitude, and the failure to use good judgment can result in serious injury or death. Remember: shortcuts can shorten your life. A slogan from the Mine Safety Health Administration is “Safety depends on what you do or don’t do!”