The author of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling said, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you fail by default.” And while I agree in principal that we are all destined to fail at some point in our lives and shouldn’t be so focused on being failure free or cautious that we never even try, I do not believe that she is referring to safety. Safety requires a cautious, thoughtful, and well planned course of action so that we avoid the types of failures that could lead to accident and injury.
Here are some simple basic steps to help us avoid becoming injured while on the job. By the way, these tips work just as well at home!
Staying and remaining safe always boils down to awareness. Most accidents occur when we, or others, fail to properly plan for what we are about to do or we ignore the little voice in our heads that cautions us that something is amiss. Plan for safety the same as you would in getting the appropriate materials or tools together for the task at hand. Your safety relies on this cautious planning. Certainly, as JK Rowling suggests, we should not live so cautiously that life has no real meaning, but this doesn’t mean that we need to be reckless while doing so. Some risk is inherent in all that we do, but the goal of our safety program is to reduce this risk, avoiding the life altering injury, or worse, that would prevent you from living your life to its fullest.
I hope that you’re coming week is not only productive, but safe.
Director of Facilities Services