Accident Prevention: Why is it Important?

Why is it so important to prevent accidents? Is your view of accident prevention simply a way to avoid getting hurt? Do you work safely just because you want to? Maybe you see accident prevention as a way to keep the boss off your back and keep the municipal administrators happy. Perhaps you do it just because you were told to.

            There are many reasons that your municipal administrators want employees to work safely. But everyone must have a more important reason to work safely than just because you were told to.

You must have a personal reason. Your reason may be your family and the responsibility of providing for them. What would they do if you were injured? How about your special interests? You know hobbies: Bowling, Fishing, Golf, Painting, Shopping, etc. Would you still be able to enjoy them with a serious disability?       

            What you do for a living is nothing more than a means towards a goal that you have set for yourself. That goal may be the education of your children or a nice retirement place on the lake. You may plan to buy a new home or a car. May the most immediate goal for now is just to make it through to Friday night and go out of town for the weekend. What ever your goals may be, they all generally tie back in some way to what you do for a living. And what you do for a living could be seriously hindered by an accident. All your goals can go up in smoke in an instant simply because you chose impulsively to disregard a safety rule, and were injured and disabled.

            Your municipal safety program is designed to help you reach your goals. It is not there just to make your work harder, slower, or meet some governmental guidelines. Safety and accident prevention programs are designed to PROTECT YOU, so that you can reach your personal goals. When an unsafe act is pointed out to you, it is done so to help you by eliminating hazardous obstacles or job hindrances AND to insure that you get home to your family in one piece.

            Every time you approach a project, every time you pick up a tool, every time you use a piece of equipment or machinery, every time you get in a vehicle, thin SAFETY. Look for what can go wrong and eliminate that possibility. Stay focused. Before your goals and dreams come to an abrupt end.

            Take Safety Personally: Make it a part of your life goals. – THINK SAFETY!!

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