Accident Prevention: Why it is Important to You

05.15.15   Mark A. Halloway, OHST | More by this Author

Accident Prevention: Why it is Important to You

Why is it so important to prevent accidents? Do you view accident prevention as simply a way to avoid getting hurt? Do you work safely just because you want to? Perhaps you view accident prevention as a way of keeping your company happy or your team leader off your back. Maybe you just do it because you have been told to do it.

There are many reasons to work safely, but there’s a more important reason to work safely than just because your company requires it. You should have a personal reason. That reason may be your family. What would they do if you were to get hurt? How about your hobbies? Would you still be able to enjoy them with a serious disability?

What you do for a living is a means towards a goal that you have set for yourself. That goal may be the education of your children. You may plan to buy a home or a car. Maybe you want to get married after you have saved up enough money. Maybe your goal for now is just to make it to the weekend so you can go out on the town or go to the game. Whatever your goals may be, they all generally tie back in some way to what you do for a living. What you do for a living could be seriously derailed by an accident. If you are injured and disabled, you may not be able to meet your goals.

Your employer’s safety program is designed to help you reach your goals. It does not exist just to make your job harder or slower, meet some governmental guidelines, or incur increased project costs. Safety programs are designed to help PROTECT YOU so that you get home in one piece and are able to reach your personal goals.

Every time you get in a vehicle to travel to a project, enter a project site, pick up a tool, or start a piece of equipment or machinery, think SAFETY. Look for what can go wrong and eliminate that possibility BEFORE your goals become abruptly unattainable.


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