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WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS
Have you ever wondered
what you can do to prevent accidents? Maybe,
like many people, you believe accidents are bound to happen and there's not much
you can do about them. Or, you may think that they only happen to the other
person. Well, the truth is that accidents do happen to everyone and often can be
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Here's something to
think about. Statistics show that in many cases an accident could have been
prevented by the victim. And, in other cases, by a co-worker. Think of accidents
that happened to people you know. Usually it was a stupid mistake. Right? In
other words, that person or someone else working on the job could have prevented
SEVEN EXCELLENT SUGGESTIONS
Here are seven ways
you, personally, can do something about preventing accidents:
1. Make accident prevention a part of your daily routine: Plan safety in
advance. Before beginning a job, be sure your tools are in good condition. Also,
see that you have the required protective equipment.
2. Report unsafe acts or conditions to your supervisor: If you see
something that's dangerous or someone working in an unsafe way, do something
about it. If it's an unsafe condition, correct it if you can. Otherwise, report
it to someone who has the authority or ability to do so. If you see someone
committing an unsafe act, warn that person in a friendly way.
3. Avoid horseplay: Aren't you always telling your kids to knock off
fooling around before someone gets hurt? Well, horse- play is dangerous for kids
of any age. On a construction job you can easily be injured if you're not
strictly business all of the time. Often a person is killed or hurt when a
"harmless" prank or a practical joke backfires.
4. Follow instructions: You'd follow instructions if you were
dismantling a time bomb - and very carefully at that. Well, take the same
attitude on the job. When we give you instructions, it's only after we've
considered the safest and best way to do it. Sometimes doing something just a
little different from what you were told can get you or someone else in a lot of
5. Make suggestions: If
you see a quicker or a better way to do something, let us know. We'll check it
out and if it's practical, we'll use it. But first we'll make sure it's safe.
And if you see a safer way of doing some-thing, bring it to our attention, by
6. Practice good housekeeping. Nobody likes a slob. It's upsetting to see
someone with a messy work area. And it goes even further than that. A sloppy
work area is not only hard on the eyes, but a breeding ground for accidents.
Trash and materials strewn around can result in trips, falls, and fires.
7. Dress for the job: In addition to wearing protective equipment, dress so that you won't get hurt. Don't wear floppy clothing (such as loose sleeves or cuffs) or jewelry that can catch on something or become entangled in machinery.
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