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The hidden safety danger that lies behind your workers' attitudes!

by , 26 March 2015
Today we want to talk about a hidden danger that everybody in the workplace actually ignores. You'd think that such a small detail can do no harm. But the truth is exactly the opposite... It does!

Read on to discover the thing you never thought could affect your team and endanger their lives!

Their attitude towards safety is a potentially harmful factor!

Perhaps you didn't think of it, but plenty of accidents happen because of human behaviour and attitudes towards what we should do, what we need to do, what we want to do and what we see as being a hassle because we don't want to do it.

And in the workplace, an attitude like that can put your employees in harm's way.

Here are two examples to help you grasp the seriousness of a good safety attitude:

Example 1

Harold's promoted to the position of supervisor in the workshop. He thinks his job is to shout at his workers because his boss did that to him. He started shouting at everybody, ignoring them or telling them to work and stop bothering him. His department had five accidents in one week.

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Example 2

Jonathan works in a warehouse. His job is to drive the forklift. Every morning before driving his forklift, he must do a pre-use inspection. Most mornings he doesn't do it, he just fills in the inspection form. Other mornings he does the inspection but even when he finds a problem he doesn't record it. One day he had a really bad accident because the forklift breaks didn't work. He drove into another worker (killed him) and damaged the warehouse racking and products when the forklift was stopped by these items.

So here is what's at stake?
Our behaviour and attitude at work can cause accidents! In fact, people could even die because of how we behave

The major danger in this situation is that when we don't listen to others it's we're the ones who lose..  When we shout and dictate we encourage a hateful attitude from our workers.

Also, each time we don't follow the rules and do what we are supposed to do, we create a situation where accidents will happen. Don't be fooled, just because nothing has happened yet, today could be the day it does

Here's how to train your employees on how their behaviour and attitudes affects their safety!

Here are seven things you should know:

1. Obey the safety rules;
2. Do your inspections properly;
3. Report anything that seems to be unsafe or unhealthy;
4. Look out for your co-workers, make sure they are safe;
5. Do your job with the right attitude; you will get more satisfaction because of it;
6. Ignore the shouting and talk quietly and with respect; and
7. Work with competence, efficiency and accuracy.

By changing your employees' attitudes to work – not just safety, you can keep your company a happier, safer, more productive place.

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