I recently saw a motivational safety speaker, Billy Robbins at a Safety Conference. His Safety Motivational Speech was effective and well designed to compel the audience to make safety a priority.
The guest speaker asked the audience, How many people here think an Accident Free Workplace is possible? Only about 10% raise their hand. Why? The resounding answer was because we are people and people make mistakes.
In the workplace, it is that one critical moment where that mistake can cost you your life. The safety motivational speaker asked an audience member to come up and he put socks on both hands to prove that accidents change people's lives.
Without the use of his hands, this audience members life just drastically changed, his freedoms were taken away. That's what accidents do. They change lives. Not just his life, his family, his spouse, his workplace.
Robbins drove the point home suggesting that kids think their parents can fix anything. (If you can't you can go buy another one). What if you couldn't help your kids anymore? They would have to go ask the neighbor to get the lawn mower fixed or to change a light bulb.
The trouble is people hate change. If an accident happens that affects your mobility, that change is forced on you in a very distinct way. Many of the personal freedoms you once had, are gone.
If you want an accident free workplace, you have to be motivated. It is a big commitment. It has to be controlled, you can't be up one day and down the next. You can't be committed one day and not the next.
The motivational speaker cruised the audience and suggesed that people who have been doing their job 20 years or longer are going to be the first to have an accident. The longer we are on the job, the easier it is to become complacent and to take safety for granted.
Seasoned professionals often take shortcuts because they know how to. It's quicker, it's faster and you think, if I can just get through this quickly, I can do get it done.
A safety attitude isn't just reserved for the workplace. It's much easier to embrace safety as a lifestyle where it is priority no matter what environment your in.