Fatality.

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Hi, it’s the Spanish OSHA guy here! So, as I was saying in my email newsletter, what do you say -what can you say- after someone dies at your company?

I mean people work with their friends and so often they work with family:  brothers, sister, fathers, cousins, etc. So what then after a death?! Am I going to say follow the lockout/tagout procedure? Or remember what the company has said during all the OSHA training in the past, “Wear your PPE”?

The truth is that most people know how to do their jobs, and most people know how to do them safely. BUT, the issue is people don’t always follow the OSHA rules they know.

WHY?

That exact question is what we spend so much time on in our training after a fatality. Why do you do the things you do safety-wise?

  • At home.
  • On the road.
  • At work.

Why do you pick up the cell phone and search through your emails looking for a number while you are driving 80mph in a 55? Could you die from making a pre-meditated and unsafe decision like that? Would that fatality be due to lack of knowledge about the hazard of taking your mind and eyes off the road as well as your hand(s) off the wheel? Absolutely not! And so sadly that is what people say after a fatality at home, on the road or at work. They cry out, “Why did I do that!? WHY! Oh, I wish I could go back.” But they can’t go back. You can’t go back.

See, safety has to be a 24/7 thing! What good is it if you follow procedure at work, have regular safety meetings, frequent OSHA training, spend all kinds of money on safety equipment; but then you leave work and don’t buckle up and when you get home you stand up on the very top of the 6’ step ladder to do some work. Could you die from a 6’ fall? Did you need a special training for someone to tell you that? Did you need some boring safety trainer to tell you that statistically you are twice as likely to die from a fall at home than from a fall at work? Please, don’t let this happen to you. 

There are many reasons and answers to the question, “WHY do we knowingly do unsafe acts”. Over the next days and weeks, I’ll continue to write posts about this on my blog. One of the biggest answers to the WHY is:

ATTITUDE

See if you can come up with another 3 big reasons, and I’ll post again soon!

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Leave A Reply (8 comments so far)


  1. Mark Haskins, CSP
    6 years ago

    This is a complex question, however, often for many of us the issue is competing priorities. As we get busier and more connected electronically, the ante goes up, with more things tugging – no yanking – at us more often, even constantly.  These competing priorities create distractions, which leads to pressure to act, which requires decisions to be made, often quickly. 
    Training and education can provide the knowledge and skills we need to manage this dynamic, to make better, safer choices in the moment.  But taking a training class, while useful, is not a permanent solution.  Why? Because dealing with conflicting priorities is a daily process, not a single event. 
    Training and learning can form a foundation that we can return to when we stray from making a safe choice. To help us get back to using the skills we have previously learned and used.  So repetition and refreshers, while not always our favorites, are important components of the process of making better and safer choices.


    • spanishOSHAguy
      6 years ago

      Mark, thanks for commenting and adding your expert opinion. One of the things I’ve learned is to treat safety as a value and not a priority. Simply put, priorities change, but what we value doesn’t. Good stuff, Mark!


  2. Rosa Elena Calvo
    6 years ago

    YA SABES  SI  NECESITA A ALGUIEN QUE TE APOYE AQUI ESTOY A TUS  ÓRDENES, CASI NO  HAY  TRABAJO EN  MTY
    SALUDOS
     


  3. Rosa Elena Calvo
    6 years ago

    PAZ  Y BIEN  Y  TE  FELICITO,  ROSY CALVO,  SE  QUE VIENEN  MOMENTOS  FUERTES  Y DUROS EN LA  ECONOMÍA DE  EEUU Y QUE REPECUTEN A  MÉXICO Y AL  MUNDO, EN EL  SEÑOR  NOS DEBEMOS ARROPAR,
    ROSY


  4. Petere Altuch
    6 years ago

    Hi Steve…congratulations on a great fun and informative site.  As always, if we can be of assistance in the NYC area let us know…


    • sladmin
      6 years ago

      Hi Peter! Thanks for commenting. That’s what good trainers and companies like our must do: be fun and informative. Let’s continue to be in touch!

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