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Toolbox: Complacency

com·pla·cen·cy (km-plsn-s)

n.

  1. A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy.

 

One the greatest pitfalls in the workplace can be workers feeling complacent and getting too comfortable in their work environment as they go about their daily activities. The failure to acknowledge and recognize hazards that are existent or are new will expose workers to the potential for injury.

 

Often the older experienced worker will be the one most complacent as they have completed a particular task or job routine many times and may have lost some of the fear associated with doing something for the first time.  The lack of situational awareness combined with the pace of work activities can be a deadly combination.

 

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