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Just Walk On By…

The old song, Just walk on by… was sung by the legendary Jim Reeves.  Mr. Reeves song was about being dishonest.  We could sing a similar song for safety; Just walk on by, don’t say a word about the hazardous behavior.  This would be a dishonest thing to do to a co-worker and friend.

To many times we just walk on by without saying or doing anything.  Maybe our co-worker just needs a reminder, but if we say something they might get mad at us.  If you are a supervisor and you see your crew working and the work area is a mess with trip, and slip hazards going unnoticed and taken care of, you are just walking on by.

For anyone to just walk on by a hazard without saying or doing anything is being dishonest.  It has been well documented over the years the number of people injured, maimed, or killed who could have been saved.  It takes courage to stop walking by and say something or do something.

The fear that someone might be upset because you pointed out that they need their FR (Flame Retardant) suit on might ultimately be replaced by profound guilt.  To live with the thought that you could have said something, but just walked on by would be tough to live with.  Our behavior to hazardous situations says a lot about what we feel and think about safety.

Just walking on by oil drips on the floor from a leaky piece of equipment and not stopping to clean it up, and find the offending equipment might lead to a close friend being hospitalized from a slip.  Imagine how you would feel going to the hospital to visit knowing that you could have mitigated the hazard.  People who fail to take responsibility for hazards are really just showing the value they place on safety.

When faced with the choice of not wearing fall protection when required and find ourselves in a wheel chair and a friend says, “I had just walked by, but didn’t say anything” we might even be angry with them.  Consider that the friend might not have felt they could say something because of your previous reactions to safety.

Choose not to walk on by, and ask your co-workers to not just walk on by if they see you behaving in an unsafe manner.  We all make mistakes, forget to wear our PPE, and fail to follow procedures.  After all, we are only human.  The greatest thing we can do to prevent injuries is to not walk on by and show a positive attitude towards safety.

Have a safe week,

Carl Potter

Hazard recognition is the cornerstone of any successful safety process.  In all industries where people and equipment are involved, the workplaces become dangerous primarily when employees do not practice hazard recognition.  In more than 35 years of industry experience Carl Potter found that employees are trained to control hazards, yet aren’t trained hazard recognition.  In an attempt to help you avoid all injuries and damage to vehicles, equipment and property, Carl designed a solution: Hazard Recognition and Controls Workshop.  Click Here to Request Information

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