If human decision is the number one cause of accidents, then people’s attitudes play a vital role in preventing injuries. Accident prevention begins with the driver’s attitude. Studies show there are five attitudes attributing to most injuries. They are:
Reviewing each one of these attitudes, it’s safe to say we have all experienced at least one at work, at home, or while driving. Normally when we experience one or more of these attitudes, we have turned a simple task into a dangerous situation thereby increasing the chances of an injury. Accidents do not just happen; they are caused. Most accidents happen as a result of an unsafe or poor attitude. Research shows bad driving attitudes often cause unsafe acts, which are the cause of most accidents.
A good attitude toward safety is a key to preventing unnecessary incidents and injuries. Your attitude affects your safety and the safety of everyone around you, whether you are at home or at work. We instinctively seek to avoid pain and death, yet, we behave in a manner that is a threat to our wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.
Your attitude towards your own safety is where it all begins. A hazardous attitude where a person doesn’t stop to think about the consequences of not wearing PPE or following safety procedures will eventually cause you pain and suffering. All of us need to stop and think how can we change and improve our risk taking attitude to a safe attitude.
Hill York employees must use personal protective equipment (PPE), but it is not a substitute for taking safety measures.
- Head Protection: employees must wear hard hats when overhead falling or flying hazards exist.
- Do not drill or paint the hard hats
- Do not take out the straps inside the hard hat
- Eye Protection: employees must wear safety glasses when there is a potential of something entering the eye.
- Respiratory Protection: employees must wear protection when a potential for respiratory problems could exist.
- Foot Protection: employees must wear work boots with slip resistant and puncture resistant.
I often wonder why anyone, at home or at work, would make decisions to take shortcuts or simply make a decision that would put them in harm’s way.
- We stand on the top of a ladder rather than getting a taller one.
- We wear open toe shoes rather than changing into steel toe boats.
- We carry more than we should, rather than getting assistance.
The thing is, situations aren’t dangerous until we make them dangerous. We don’t work in a dangerous workplace, but rather we turn a hazardous environment into a dangerous one. Simply put, not doing what we instinctively know we should puts yourself and others at risk. Too often these types of decisions lead into an accident to oneself or others.
When someone makes the decision to change their environment from hazardous to dangerous, one has to ask why? Usually it’s because we’re too busy to make a change or to pause and consider it.
Preventing personal injury is a safety goal that every individual should take pride in each day. Human decision is the number one cause of almost every injury while at home, at work, or driving. Make smart decisions to be safe and you will be able to see your family every night giving your children a loving hug.
We have all attended classes or have heard the term “Defensive Driving”. Defensive driving provides driving skills helping you avoid the dangers caused by other people’s dangerous or bad driving. On the other hand, we seldom hear the term “Smart Driving.”
Smart driving has to do with the decisions we make while on the road. Some examples are:
- Doing the right thing at the wrong time: Putting your seatbelt on while the vehicle is in motion is a perfect example of the lack of smart driving. Odds are you do not have full control of your vehicle and can lead to an accident.
- Understanding traffic patterns: When leaving a parking lot, wait a few seconds for traffic to pass preventing incoming vehicle to use their brakes. Traffic patterns are set for breaks in traffic to be every 20 to 30 seconds. As crazy as it sounds, people are not willing to wait a few seconds, they rather put themselves and others in danger.
- Asking one self, “Will I gain five minutes?” How often have we seen a driver drive recklessly only for us to be right behind him/her at the next light. Prior to making the lane change or to speed, ask yourself the basic question, Will I gain five minutes? More than likely the answer is no.
Safe driving begins with you; the decisions you make and the willingness to wait a few seconds will keep you, your family and others safe on the road.
Safety is everyone’s business; at home and at work
Defensive driving skills are defined as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others. (National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course). It is training many of us have had, teaching us various skills going beyond the knowledge of the rules of the road and the basic mechanics of driving. Its purpose is to reduce the risk of collision by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others.
The issue is, are we practicing those skills on a daily basis, have we even thought about the skills taught in class?
You may ask why? Or what a waste of time, I can drive just fine.
I guess that’s what a father of three children must of thought. He, after having attended the defensive driving course his company provided, was following too closely in a rain storm and crashed into the vehicle ahead of him. He lost one child and severely injured the other. Do not let this be you…practice the safety skills taught at work.
Knowing what to do if your child, spouse, coworker or even yourself is suffering from a heat related situation can save lives. Even when a person drinks plenty of fluids, the heat can still overcome a person. A victim of heat illness needs help right away. The important thing is to cool him or her immediately. To cool the victim you can use several approaches depending upon the circumstances: Most importantly, teach your children about heat related dangers.
-Move the person into the shade, into a cool room, or into an air conditioned building or car.
-Spray the victim with a hose, or pour a bucket of water over him or her (not in the face). Tell the person what you’re going to do, and do not use these measures if the victim is confused.
-Wrap the victim in wet towels or sheets then turn on a fan or use a cardboard.
-Place cold compresses on the victim’s neck, groin, and armpits.
-If medical help is not immediately available and you suspect heatstroke, immerse the victim in cool water (bath, lake, stream), but only if you can carefully monitor his level of alertness, breathing, and circulation.
-Once the person’s temperature is down to 100 degrees F, you can ease up on your cooling efforts, but keep checking the victim’s temperature every half-hour for the next 3 to 4 hours, there is a possibility it may rise again.
Safety is everyone’s business; at home and at work.