Your Attitude STINKS!

Bad Attitude people yelling

Hi, it’s the Spanish OSHA Guy here!  In the last post I spoke about what you say in a safety training or OSHA training after a fatality. What a powerful question!  One of the things that I talk about is ATTITUDE.  This is so true whether it is a bad car accident, a serious injury at work or a death at home because safety has got to be a 24/7 thing!  What do I mean by ATTITUDE?  Well it means thoughts like “It’s not going to happen to me.”  Or “This is the way I’ve always done it.”  Or “I know what I’m doing.”  I am constantly challenging people to answer the question, “Why do you do the things you do safety-wise around the house, at work and on the road?”  Oftentimes we miscalculate the risk because of the bad habits we’ve learned or created.  Driving is a great example!

How many of you have a cell phone?  Okay, how many of you use it when you drive?  I mean dialing, searching your address book, reading text messages, reading email, surfing the internet, using the GPS, finding the phone number of a restaurant en route, etc. etc. etc.!  Honestly, all things that I’ve done.  BUT, now that I realize how deadly and foolish those acts are, I have stopped them!  What about you?  In my OSHA training, I always emphasize that it doesn’t have to be the phone!  Since my family has been growing I have found myself reaching in back to pick up pink elephants, to stop a drink from spilling (unsuccessfully) and more!

Here is a powerful question:  Do you drive one way when you are by yourself, but yet drive differently when you are with your family?  

So, that brings us back to the most powerful question I can bring forth in any safety training:  Why?  Why do you drive differently when you’re by yourself than when you’re with the family?  Why!?  Why do you pick up the cell phone to do any of the things mentioned above? The reasons are many, but there are 2 most common and powerful ones.  The first one is TIME!  And many many people -like you and me- who are greedy for time have killed many.

  • We want to save time.
  • We want to make time.
  • We want to have more time!

So we knowingly choose to put our lives at risk as well as the lives of many others, so we can save 2 minutes, 5 minutes or 20 minutes. But, here’s the catch!  When someone dies as a result of rolling the dice and using their phone -let’s say- then everyone around them cries out “Why!?”  They can’t go back.  You can’t go back.  Don’t let it happen to you!

The other most powerful reason we knowingly take deadly risks everyday will come in my next post!

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  1. Dorothea
    6 years ago

    Great blog Steve….makes me think a bit beyond the way I usually think.  Thanks

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