Making Good Safety Decisions On The Job

April 13th, 2017

Making Good Safety Decisions

Have you ever done anything that you know puts you at increased risk of injury?  When you realize whether you (or a co-worker) could have been hurt, do you ask yourself, “Why did I ever do that?”  For your own future preservation, this should be a very important question for you to answer.

Consider the fact that:

20% of injuries are due to unsafe conditions and 80% are caused by unsafe acts.  

If you realize that most unsafe conditions are brought about by human failure, then virtually all accidents are brought about by unsafe acts.  Why did you do something in an unsafe manner?  To answer this question, you will need to put personal defenses aside and know that the blame may lie within yourself.  Also realize that there may be more than one reason for your actions and that others may be involved.

If you know the proper, safe way to the do the job, then you cannot claim ignorance.  What is left, whether you like it or not, is carelessness.  So what can cause you to temporarily disregard your own safety?

 Don’t Cave To External Pressures

“Let’s get this job done!”  Usually, this pressure comes from someone you work with.  Disregarding safe practices is not going to save enough time to make a significant difference.  However, any accident or injury is guaranteed to have an effect.  As a matter of fact, when the pressure is applied, it is worthwhile to pay more attention to safety because we know from experience that such situations frequently lead to more accidents.

Avoiding Bad Habits

You fail to follow the established procedure and you don’t get hurt (or you were not caught) this time.  Psychologically, this is a reward and so you do it again and again and again.  But it is also Russian roulette.  How many times can you pull the trigger before a round is in the chamber?  You know, sooner or later, something is going to happen.  There is only one way to stop it – stop pulling the trigger.  Do yourself a favor and follow the established procedures.

Internal Pressures

There is just so much to do and not enough time!”  Are you self-motivated and self-directed?  Most employers love this type of individual, but your single-minded determination to get the job done may cause you to lose sight of the dangers around you.  Think of it this way, you will not finish the job if you get hurt.  You may finish the job if you don’t get hurt.  Therefore, first prevent injury.  Second, work to complete the job.


“This safety stuff doesn’t apply to me!”  So what makes you so special?  A study of accidents involving foremen showed that the foremen were injured when they personally failed to apply the safety standards that they enforced every day.  Did the fact that they were foremen protect them from injury?  No.  Humans are humans.  There is nothing that will protect you from injury except following safe procedures.

Report Workplace Safety Concerns

If you have workplace safety concerns while on assignment with ABR, report it to your supervisor or  local ABR Employment Services office. Our goal is to keep you safe!


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