For some people, safety only becomes an important consideration when they are doing a “dangerous” job. They rationalize that safety procedures can be bypassed when the task is simple and seemingly presents little risk or injury.
Unfortunately, this type of thinking is why many safe tasks end up resulting in the most serious of accidents. Safe work habits should not be limited to those projects that are the most difficult. These work habits must be part of your everyday work routine.
If safety is not incorporated into every job you do, it’s really only a matter of time before an accident occurs. Think about the job you are on now and the tasks you do each day. Perhaps the project is just starting, or nearly finished. Both situations clearly make for less risk than at other times during the project, or do they? Maybe it’s the size of the project. The so-called “smaller” projects present less safety risks, or do they?
In both cases, the answer is NO. Safe work practices are required whether your project is just starting or nearly finished. Safety is critically important no matter the size of the project. Smaller projects should not encourage you to take safety shortcuts.
It doesn’t matter that you may have done a particular task a thousand times without incident. If you are not doing that task safely, it’s only a matter of time before an accident will occur and your number may be up.
Soon after my accident, I insisted that when my sons are doing certain chores, such as feeding the elk, they take safer precautions. They wear protective gloves and use safety shears when cutting the strings on the bales of hay. This takes a little longer and was awkward at first. However, it has now become a habit and they don’t even think about the extra time it requires.
Safety is an attitude – and that attitude should be positive with no exceptions. Do the right thing and follow safety rules every day no matter the size of the project you are on.
“Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.” -Bo Bennett