It is virtually impossible to go through life completely safe and free from hazards. We encounter potentially unsafe situations in our homes, at work, on the highways, and in our recreational activities.
Whether or not we get hurt or not depends upon how we approach and deal with these dangers. Safety is instinctive. For example, we seem to be born with a fear of falling. In other instances, safety is not so instinctive. It has to be learned and practiced. But why do some people ignore the dangers they have been warned about and others take heed?
In almost any operation, unsafe conditions and mechanical failure tend to be the easiest cause of accidents to control. Yet, human behavior has been identified as the leading cause of accidents. You should be aware of some of the human factors that can contribute to an accident.
Ignorance – This may be from lack of experience, inability to recognize a hazard, or lack of job training. Don’t guess or take a chance. Ask questions. Be sure you understand your job and it’s dangers.
Daring – These types of workers believe they can beat the odds. Maybe they can – for a while. It’s like playing Russian roulette. Will you find the bullet on the first trigger pull, or the tenth? Some jobs are so full of hazards they can be likened to having more than one bullet in the cylinder. The odds are greatly increased.
Poor Work Habits – Poor work habits sometimes come because of job familiarity. Others may begin on the first day of the job. Do not become complacent. Set an example for the younger, less experienced worker. Teach them the safety and correct way first.
Haste — We are all familiar with the phrase “haste makes waste”….and unfortunately it is true. An accident is always more costly than the time saved. Not only can working hastily create hazards, workers can be injured. This can possibly costs us in medical bills, time loss payments, damage to equipment, loss of production, or other “hidden costs” Work at a steady, comfortable pace. Work smart.
Physical Failure or Fatigue – Fatigue, or not being physically or mentally prepared for work can negatively affect your coordination and eyesight. Get a good night’s sleep. Don’t abuse drugs and alcohol. Tests have shown the effects of abusing these substances can last for days, even if you feel fine.
Always keep a positive attitude and practice safe behaviors at all times. You’ll be better off in more ways than one.