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Common Sense & Accident Prevention Go Hand in Hand

Generally speaking, we’re not born with common sense, we acquire it throughout life. Common sense is really our life’s experiences (and training) put into action depending on the circumstances.

Most workers have the common sense necessary to prevent them from getting hurt on the job – but unfortunately many don’t use it. Safety experts say at least 80% of workplace accidents are caused by the unsafe acts of employees--and not by unsafe conditions. No doubt, many of those accidents could have been avoided if the injured worker had just applied some common sense.

So are you using common sense when you do the following?

Being In A Hurry - Sometimes there is more concern for completing a job quickly than safely. Take time to do a good job and a safe job.

Taking Unnecessary Chances - Daring behavior or blatant disregard for safe work practices can put you and your co-workers at risk. Follow all company safety rules and watch out for your fellow employees. Risky behavior is never appropriate on the job and sometimes can lead to disciplinary action.

Being Preoccupied – We all have other “things” going on in our lives – family issues, financial issues, thinking and planning for things outside of work. But not concentrating while on the job can get you seriously hurt or even killed. Focus on the work you’re paid to do. If your mind is distracted while at work, you're at far greater risk for an on-the-job injury.

Having the “It Will Never Happen to Me” Attitude – Maybe you’re experienced and good at your job. And you’ve done a certain job or task hundreds of times the same way. So what if you’re breaking the safety rules – an accident will never happen to you. Or will it?

Having A Negative Attitude - Being angry or in a bad mood can lead to a serious on-the-job injury because anger almost always rules over caution, and sometimes can cause aggressive behavior or actions. Keep your “bad mood” in check and stay cool and in charge of your emotions while at work and you’ll be far less likely to get hurt.
Work safely every day so you don't become an accident statistic. You can do a quality job without rushing. Maintain a positive attitude and keep your mind on your work. Common sense--something smart workers use on the job every day to stay injury-free!
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