Accidents are Avoidable

Each time someone is injured, we need to ask ourselves “how did it happen?” Accidents don’t just happen, they are caused. Accidents are usually a result of someone not paying attention or not knowing how to recognize a job safety hazard. Jobs with effective safety attitudes have about a fifth as many injuries compared to those without the safety attitude. The following list of general rules and hazard avoidance rules can help in minimizing accidents on the job.

General Rules:Think - All Accidents are Avoidable

  • Learn the safe way to do your job.
  • Don’t jump from one elevation to another.
  • Don’t work under suspended loads.
  • Remove protruding nails or bend them over.
  • Keep the work area clear of debris.
  • Use the personal protective equipment required    for the job.
  • Treat all electrical wires as being “live.”
  • Use the right tool for the right job.
  • Be sure all tools are in good shape.

Four Hazard Avoidance Rules:

  1. Know the safe way to work, and then follow the safe way all the time.
  2. Maintain safe working conditions – for yourself and others around you.
  3. Work safely, setting the example, and encourage others to do so.
  4. Report all accidents and near misses.

Remember: Follow basic common sense in doing your work.

Ask yourself “how can I make my work safer? “Identifying safety hazards and planning your work can prevent serious accidents!

“Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.”