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.
It’s easy to pinpoint poor behaviors and blame the actions someone takes after an incident occurs. But, it becomes much harder to do when you have to look in the mirror and admit that you made the same error in judgment as the person who “caused” an event.
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.
Writing is a necessary skill that is often overlooked in the safety profession. Since so much of what we do is based on communication, I think it’s a disservice if we’re not at least competent.
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.
If someone who worked for you today was asked to explain the thing that most impressed them about your leadership would they have a story to tell?