Sitting in a classroom one day, surrounded by safety committee members from numerous local companies, a fellow classmate adamantly proclaimed "people are flawed" when asked to describe why a particularly unfortunate individual ignored safety rules and lost his life in a wood chipper. I’ve discovered that this is a common theme among the safety community: People make mistakes. What are you going to do? The fact is, there is something that can be done about common mistakes and human error is not always random. In fact, human error is predictable. Workers and their supervisors can be taught to use Safety Self-Awareness to minimize the risk of certain personality traits causing individuals to commit unsafe acts. It's been done in many leading organizations and it can be done in yours too.
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