Complacency is defined as “a feeling of content; satisfaction; especially self-satisfaction”. In our industry, complacency often leads to injury. Because we have done things repetitively over a period of time, we feel that we can continue to do them with the same result. However, we often fail to realize that only a slight change in a process or procedure can lead to devastating results.
As an example let’s look at Fall Arrest Protection. Our Policy dictates that anytime we work from a height greater than 10/6 feet or 1.8 meters, where there is a possibility of falling to a lower level, we shall wear Fall Arrest Protection with 100 % Tie Off. We may have followed this procedure thousands of times during the course of the project and have never taken a fall. The one time when we feel we can do a similar task without the Fall Arrest Equipment, we fall and sustain serious injury. Why did we not wear Fall Arrest Protection this one time? It is because we felt that this was a routine procedure that we had completed many times without incident. In other words, we have become complacent.
To achieve our safety goal of ZERO HERO, each of us must do our part to ensure our own safety and the safety of all others affected by our actions. This includes following all safety regulations such as the OHS Act & Regulations, WHMIS Regulations, Canadian Standards Association Standards, and Pipeworx Safety Policies.
Remember that Every problem has its own genesis, a moment at which the balance is tipped and the previous sense of oneness is lost. With separation comes the awareness of an inequity, and a desire to return back to a state of parity. Every problem has a solution, and a story explores that process of trying to attain resolution.
As we work towards the completion and sail away of the project, please take the time to plan your work, follow all safety rules and regulations, and never become complacent with your assigned task; never take short cuts in performing your work; take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and others affected by your actions and keep this thought always in mind:
“Accidents Aren’t Planned – They Happen ; Safety Doesn’t Happen – its’ Planned”
Consider the worst case scenario and mitigate the risks. SEE THE POTENTIAL AND PLAN TO AVOID IT. BE A ZERO HERO!
Every reasonable precaution should be taken to protect yourself and promote our ZERO ACCIDENTS culture.
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