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Toolbox: Common Sense

Most accidents can be prevented. To protect yourself and those around you, use your senses of seeing, hearing, smelling and touching.


Seeing: Keep your eyes open for hazardous conditions. Watch where you step. Wear eye protection to preserve your most precious possession – Sight

Hearing: Listen for warning shouts. The horns of mobile cranes, or vehicles backing up. The sound of defective or improperly adjusted equipment.

Smelling: Your nose can detect MOST gas or chemical leaks, overheated equipment, burning or smoldering debris or arching electricity.

Touching: Your hands can warn you of such things as excessive vibration, overheating, broken fittings, and wear and tear.


Accidents are usually attributed to people neglecting not only common sense but their natural senses as well. Be aware of what is going on in the world around you. Keep your eyes and ears open and your senses sharpened.


Don’t forget the most important sense you possess – Common Sense.

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