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ACCIDENTS - It Can't Happen to Me

Accidents happen to other people. Car accidents happen to other people, work injuries happen to other people. Yes, accidents do happen to other people, but the lucky ones never experience an accident. Well, if that's a true statement, we'd all be wearing our lucky charms all the time. Luck has nothing to do with it, but accident prevention is each individual's responsibility.

Why do people think that accidents only happen to someone else? One of the best reasons is a person may have worked safely for many years without an injury and truly believes that an accident will not happen. There are many other reasons or rationalization that can be used to explain how accidents happen to other people, but let's for get that for now.

Accidents and injuries can be prevented, so let's begin that journey right now.

If you look at the word accident itself, it's defined as an unplanned, uncontrollable event..... When you use the word uncontrollable, that means it can't be controlled.

Experience has demonstrated that accidents can be controlled. Right away, that tells you the word accident should not be used in what we normally call an accident.

It may be unplanned, but it can be controlled. For the time being, everyone is familiar with the word accident, so we'll continue to use it, just keep in mind that accidents can be controlled.

What causes accidents? There may be several causes contributing to an accident... lack of knowledge, taking short cuts, not paying attention to the job, violating safety rules and others, caused by the behavior of the individual. There may be causes related to unsafe conditions or safety hazards that contribute to the accident. A combination of unsafe behavior and unsafe conditions can cause accidents. Accident investigation is conducted to determine the cause of all accidents so corrective action can be taken to prevent a similar occurrence in the future; not to find fault or blame, but the cause of the accident.

When you determine what caused an accident, you can do something about it so it won't
happen again. That's basic safety information, but it's something you should keep in mind to help maintain a good attitude about accident prevention.

Are accidents ever caused by something beyond an individual's control? Quite obviously, since the action or failure of action by another individual can lead to an accident of someone not involved. It happens everyday. There have been thousands and thousands of fatalities of employees who weren't doing anything unsafe, but got caught in the process of some other accident cause.

How about those deaths resulting from cave-ins? Its’ straight fact that no employee would ever go into a trench, if they knew it was going to cave in. No one would ever stay at hotel, if they knew that particular hotel was going to catch on fire during their stay.

There's always a sense of security about the job you're performing, and you fully believe that nothing will go wrong. It's when you let your guard down, by believing in this false sense of security that accidents occur.
We could go on and on, but the point we want to make is..... accidents and injuries can be prevented. Nothing mysterious about the process, no magic....... but each individual must
take the responsibility to avoid accident causes.

How about those back injuries? Can they be prevented? After all, the back is a weak link in our anatomical being, so how can back injuries be prevented? By keeping your back healthy through exercise and using your knowledge to lift safely, every time you lift anything. It's not good enough to know how to lift safely. You have to practice it every time you lift anything. You need the knowledge of how your back works, so you can make the right decision how to lift safely even when you can't bend your legs. It's thinking about your back and not taking chances....every day, on every job.

There are thousands of safety rules, regulations and certainly your organization's policies and procedures relating to safety. It's up to each individual to be aware of safety, exercise good judgment and to perform every job in a safe and healthy manner. No more, no less. You've heard it from the people who have witnessed or experienced accidents and injuries. You've probably witnessed or experienced accidents yourselves, but the moral of the story is that accidents don't just happen to other people. They are caused by something or someone. If you eliminate the cause of accidents, you're on your way to an accident free workplace and lifetime.

Safety works in your home also. It works when you're driving your automobile. It works when you decide to make it work. Right now, commit to taking safety seriously and you'll find that accident prevention is a piece of cake.

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