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Toolbox: Why Take a Chance?

Have you ever made a decision to break a safety rule? How long did it take for you to reach that decision? What did you gain by taking a chance? It only takes a moment to decide to break a safety rule, yet that one moment could change your life forever.

Do you always work safely? Are you 100% committed to the safety of yourself, your coworkers, friends, and family? Are there times when your commitment to safety is not as strong as it should be? Have you been taking safety risks and getting away with it? Don’t expect your luck to hold.  No one wakes up in the morning and drives to work thinking, “I will have an accident today so I’d better buckle up.” No one ever climbs to the very top of a ladder and knows for sure they won’t fall. That’s why it’s so important to have a personal commitment to safety; a commitment to do the right things to prevent an incident.

What is gained by taking a safety risk? Think about a time when you’ve risked your personal safety. Have you ever bypassed lockout-tag out procedures?  Have you failed to use fall-protection equipment because it was just too much trouble? What did you gain in that situation? A minute of time? Now honestly ask yourself if those gains were worth it. Is a little bit of time or convenience really worth chancing electrocution or a bad fall? Every time you’re tempted to take a chance with your safety ask yourself if it’s really worth the risk. Your family and friends will thank you for making the right decision.

Keeping a strong commitment to safety is sometimes not easy. Ask yourself ‘What has interfered with your commitment to safety?  Once you have answered this question work towards strengthening your commitment by reducing the influence of your answer.  This may take time and remember there are resources onsite to assist.

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