It’s a fairly common habit of human nature to be less aware of safety hazards after being off from work for an extended holiday. Even though we’re not purposefully neglectful, we need some time to get back into the scheme of things.
Employers probably have a stack of piled work orders to accomplish. They might push their employees to hustle it up and get ‘er done. Employees naturally care about their jobs and want to get their projects done – so that the boss doesn’t berate them. This could be a recipe for disaster.
Safety protocols need to be carefully followed, no matter what the time of year is or how much needs to get done. This time of year is not the time to skimp on safety. We need to be one hundred per cent focused on safety procedures.
Although I don’t think it’s a good idea, some employees “party hearty” when they’re off from work. They may or may not be well rested. Often employees rely on the ebb and flow of getting up early, getting ready for work, working, eating properly and getting well rested at night. When that pattern is interrupted, so are their thoughts of safety.
At workplaces where heavy equipment is used, it might be a good idea to sponsor a “Coffee and Snack Break”, right after the holidays. After the break, the Crew Boss could go over the basics of safety. I’m sure there will be groans heard all over the place. Doesn’t matter. Have a discussion regarding safety, so that everyone is on board. Take people through their paces to get the equipment up and running safely.
- Look out for your co-workers and remind them, too.
- If necessary, stop the work – in order to address potential hazards.
Is the First Day Back to Work – the Most Dangerous?
Many people go back to work with a bad attitude. There are tons of jokes on Facebook regarding the dread of going back to work after a weekend or a holiday. They call it by many different names – such as “Monday Morning Blues”. Or, a case of “the Mondays”.
That poor attitude and lack of focus can cause all sorts of safety issues and accidents. Make sure that your head is back in the game before messing with heavy equipment or road machines. Do a quick self-check to make sure to re-focus.
Ask yourself these four questions before proceeding:
- Am I putting myself or others at risk?
- Am I prepared to continue to work safely?
- Am I focused on what needs to get done?
- Am I ready to act to do it safely?
Some people act like they know everything, But, my mother used to say, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.”
Keep an eye out for safety – no matter what! Nothing else in more important.
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