It really is a shame that we jump to legal ramifications before we even try to make plans to keep people safe.
If people see you take action, they are much more likely to rally around the cause. No one wants anything to do with a program when their hard work just piles up on someone’s desk.
I’ve always known that nothing I do will make someone else behave safely or follow any given rule. But I’ve also known that my responsibility is to instill the importance and reasoning (the “why”) behind those directives.
Until we can get off the phone, out of our offices, and out to the places where real life is happening we will continue to fall short.
If you’ve ever had a boss that wasn’t fit to interact with other humans, you’ll identify with this story. I had one that defied imagination. “The Tongue and the Confined Space: Arbitrary Rules Hurt Your Safety Program”
Maybe our time would be better spent investing in things that help prevent injuries instead of trying to play doctor after they happen. Maybe.
I never would have thought that my Dad’s cans of nuts and bolts could have illustrated such an important lesson. The crazy part, as I alluded to in Part 1, is that it’s not a “safety” lesson. Planning and organizing your work is just a good way to conduct business.
When done for the wrong reasons Job Hazard Analysis is an exercise designed to protect the legal interest of the company, not the lives of its workers. Does your company use the right nuts and bolts to build them?
One worker death is too many. It’s time we do something different.
Might as well just dive off the deep end, rip off the band-aid and say it. Doc Brown was better at safety than most people “ALL accidents are preventable: UNTIL THEY HAPPEN!”