Safety Photo February 2014

Makes me wonder what is in that Janitor’s Closet to warrant such a sign. I do not see the housekeeping staff completing confined space permits every time they have to get a clean rag.

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When it comes to signage, are you signing the areas appropriate and identifying the hazard? Do you over or under sign? Have you performed some type of hazard assessment to correctly identify the risk factors and work practices?

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Safety Photo June 2013

It kills me when people proclaim to be safety conscious and yet act carelessly. You cannot see it, but the back of this guys shirt says Safety Leader. When I stopped to inquire if he knew what he was doing was wrong and sending a poor message, he had the audacity to ask if I was just going to lecture him or could he go back to work.

If your going to wear a shirt that makes a statement that you are a safety leader, you should lead by example and practice sound judgement.

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Fall Protection Equipment

I often find that the reason most people don’t implement a good fall protection program, or are out of compliance is not because of a lack of knowledge, but an ignorance as to what equipment is available to assist in their fall protection needs. They may, or may not, perform a fall or hazard assessment, but once the hazard is identified they didn’t know how or what to use to help. The following are some examples of specialized equipment designed to help comply with the various fall hazards in construction.

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Be sure to read the manufacture instructions for installation procedures and application requirements prior to use. If the system fails, where does the liability fall if the system is not installed properly? Use the right tool for the application to ensure adequate fall protection is in place.

Accident Investigations and Root Cause Simplified

I am stealing this concept from a fellow co-worker, but I just had to share it. When conducting an accident investigation, performing a root cause analysis can be challenging. Let me simplify it for you. Ask yourself these few simple questions to determine where the breakdown occurred.

1. Did they know?
-Did they know the right way to perform the task?
-Did they know the correct process or procedure?
-if not, you might have a training issue.
2. Do they care?
-Do they care about doing the job right?
-Is the company culture such that it’s okay to disregard safety protocol?
-do they understand why they need to perform the task that way?
-If not, you may have a communication or behavioral issue.
3. Do they have the right resources?
-Do they have the proper tools or equipment to do the job correctly and safe?
-Do they have management support and financial backing to safely do the job?
-If not you might have a management issue.
4. Is there an incentive to take shortcuts?
-Are they pressured to just get the job done?
-Are you incentivizing outcomes rather than behaviors?
-Is there any accountability or recourse for not following protocol and safe work practices?
-If so, you might have a management, cultural, or behavioral issue.

Ask yourself these questions next time you conduct an accident investigation to see where you can improve and prevent future incidents from happening.

Safety Photo April 2013

Here is a common sight in any office and yet so easy to correct. Electrical cords running in a walk area or where people stand, sit, or otherwise occupy. Easy fix to tape down or put a rug over it to minimize the slip/trip/fall hazard. Also helps with preventing damage to the electrical equipment and accidentally pulling the laptop off of the table.

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Hazards such as this are simple to control, but cause more accidents and injuries than many other hazards. Not only are these accidents preventable, but when they do occur, they tend to be costly and have a long recovery time.

Safety Photo March 2013

This months photo addresses unseen hazards, or those that are not in our normal line of sight. How often do you look up to identify potential hazards? This was taken in the drive through of a major fast food chain. Although the entrance is not used very often, it does get used occasionally by employees as well as guests. What would happen if that ice and snow let go at the wrong time? Some would say that’s why you have insurance, but I would counter with there is more to this potential accident than just personal injury.

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Safety Photo January 2013

I find it frustrating when people know what to do, but only halfway do it. Take this photo for example. The guy put his outriggers down, and he used some blocking under the foot pad however, he could have used a better placement of the pad. He is not utilizing the weight distribution as well as he could. Not that this will result in an accident nor does it necessarily violate a safety rule, but it does reflect on the culture and attitudes of him and his company.

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