4 Mindsets that cause accidents
Job site safety is a never-ending battle on any job site. The best way to prevent accidents is to train people how to reduce the risk and to put controls in place that will limit the possibility of an accident. Workplace mishaps can be reduced with the correct mindset and attitude by recognizing four common issues that create the opportunity for injury.
Workers can feel pressure to complete jobs as quickly as possible. Rushing reduces the quality of work and increases the chances of not following proper safety procedures to complete tasks. The rate of accidents increase on Fridays, holiday weekends or when jobs are behind schedule. Finishing jobs on time will always be an issue but rushing is not worth an injury.
Frustration is unavoidable. Having the right tools to manage frustration and turn negatives into positives is key to being able to avoid accidents and injuries. Creating a workplace that prevents frustration from developing is key. Employees can get frustrated at bad procedures, non-communication, wrong or insufficient materials and problems at home. Not all situations can be managed, hiring employees that can control their emotions is a key practice.
Fatigue greatly reduces effects production and performance. Studies prove tired drivers are as dangerous on the road as a drunk driver, which illustrates the dangers of fatigue. It is imperative to identify when a worker is fatigued to take action. In hotter climates a key thing to look for is heat stress, which causes fatigue and can result in death. Having plans in the event that heat stress or a heat stroke occur are an essential training topic for all work forces. To avoid fatigue, employees should be monitored and not overwork or work overly long hours.
Complacency is the most dangerous mindset that can result in an injury or accident. Workers overtime can adopt the “invincible” mindset leading to less focus and attention to their surrounding and opening the door for an accident. Accidents happen to anybody at any time and one’s sense should always be finely tuned to each locations risk. A false sense of security can be the result of poor training or following bad practices, which leads to accidents. Leaders need to be quick to intervene when repetitive work results in complacency. These mindsets cause critical errors which increase the likelihood of injury:
- Eyes not on task
- Proper site assessment audits
- Mind not on task
- Walking into the line of fire
- Losing balance, traction or grip