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What! Focus on Safety?! Really?!!

Every time the news comes on we are faced with another horrific act in the world that takes lives and causes unrest.  Personnel are asked to conduct business and focus on not getting hurt.  With all the crazy stuff happening, can we really focus on safety?

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell

It’s easy to get caught up in all that is going on in the world, especially when there’s so much going on that can absorb our thoughts.  Yet, how much can you do about events going on across the nation and around the world.  Safety sometimes can take a back seat when we see such carnage inflicted by others who intend to hurt others.  Our minds are troubled and our hearts hurt when we see these things.  It’s natural to feel a little helpless and overwhelmed.

If you can’t do anything else, focus on what you can do to reduce the hazards or their ability to injure.  In the workplace we have objects, products, machinery, chemicals, and other none thinking elements that have no agenda to hurt, they just exist.  For those in the workplace it is a simple but sometimes difficult task to stay focused on safety.  Let’s keep it simple in these trying times.

As you walk through your workplace look for hazards that can lead to injury.   Take action!  It will feel good to do something good. 

I remember when I was a Boy Scout many years ago and the goal was to do at least one good deed each day.  This was a great practice then and we can use it for safety today to continue creating a safer workplace where people don’t get hurt.  Sometimes this can be as simple as picking up a trip hazard, moving a cord, cleaning up a spill, or red tagging a tool that needs to be repaired.  Focusing on safety really is a simple task but can be difficult with distractions of world events.  So let’s take heart and go out and create a workplace where it is difficult to get hurt.

Be Safe,

Carl Potter


This fall or spring I would like to work with you.  If you are planning a safety event and you are looking for a speaker I would like to visit with you about the safety message I can deliver to your organization.  To have a discussion email me at: and we will schedule a time to talk.


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