It Is The Same With Safety - You Skimp... - 02/15/2016
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, February 15, 2016
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It Is the Same with Safety - You Skimp...
If you're an employee today's newsletter is directed to you. Please take a moment to read this very carefully. It could save your life or the life of a fellow worker.
When you are assigned to perform a task, the assumption is that the task will be accomplished in a professional manner. There is no expectation that somebody else will have to finish your job because you are seeking medical attention for an injury received because of sloppy safety practices.
Many of the tasks that you perform could be classified as "art" in the sense that you mold, shape, build, create and make things. But while you are doing these things, you must follow certain safety rules. There is no vagueness or serious judgment involved. Rules and procedures are in place and you must follow them -- it's part of your job.
While you are being paid to "ply your trade," you are also being paid to ply your trade safely. In addition to being company policy, it's the law! Normally, when you get caught breaking the law, you go through some sort of court process and are fined or, if really serious, incarcerated. Seldom is a law breaker caught the first time out.
It is the same with safety. You skimp on this safety rule or you avoid that safety procedure or fail to use a certain required item of PPE and nothing happens -- AT FIRST. But as you develop these unsafe habits and flaunt your invulnerability, slowly but surely, the odds of getting injured start turning against you. You'll get caught and you'll get injured. At the least, your injury will be minor. At the worst, you'll be severely injured, paralyzed or dead.
The point is needless accidents are just that -- needless. There is no justification for not following basic safety rules. If you don't know what they are -- ask. When it comes to safety, there are no foolish questions.
One way to minimize the possibility of needless accidents is to remove a person from the job site who is likely to be harmed -- or harm others -- through negligent behaviors.
Your company provides safety training and does what it can to ensure that all employees perform their tasks in a safe manner. An employee who disregards safety is not fulfilling his obligations just as much as a worker who doesn't do his regular work. Neither can be tolerated.
Safety can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be -- make it simple. Understand what type of safety precautions are appropriate for your job and follow them religiously.
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