Things that we see everyday become invisible. When, for example, was the last time you saw a crow? You likely saw one this morning , but since crows are common- are a permanent part of the landscape – you may not have taken note. The human brain is wired to notice the unusual, not the common. This wiring is one of the reasons why common hazards are often the ones that kills. Take time today and identify permanent hazards on the jobsite; the hazards that we do not notice because they are so common. Share these with your coworker, and do not forget they exist, revisit. Make permanent hazards (i.e. swing radius) a part of your safety program so your crew notices them and takes precautions.
Some examples of Permanent Hazards:
Chemicals: Make sure they are properly labeled, you have a SDS, and those using the chemical wear the correct PPE every time the use the chemicals
Heavy Equipment: The equipment will always win!
Gravity: If walking surfaces are slippery, crazy uneven, soft, etc people are GOING to fall and get hurt. Gravity does not take a day off. Keep surfaces smooth when possible (yeah I know what you are up against) and uncluttered.
Carelessness: This can arise from a need to rush, distracted, stress, or just laziness. Stay mindful every day.
As a reminder our company policy is never to work alone! There are so many situations where that second set of eyes can see something that you missed.
Awareness has been my effort over the last month with Geo SAFETY SUPERBOWL (GP 9/ IP 6-IPs on the 35 yard line can they score before Sunday?) to see, think, and speak up on safer ways to do the jobs that we do day in and day out.
Permanent hazards will not go away, so you and your coworkers must be constantly vigilant.
Thank you for all you do!