Hazard Recognition

 Don't wait for accidents to occur! Think and plan ahead! 
Anticipate, evaluate and control hazards. 

 
Many workers are seriously injured each year and many still believe that accidents "just happen." But accidents do not just happen. What goes wrong? Usually the reason is an error that is within the control of one or more people.
 
Often, several errors take place at the same time for an accident to occur. When we analyze accidents, we should focus on which aspects of a task were controlled and which were not. Assuming all workers have been properly trained and all the proper materials and tools were available, what else can go wrong? A lot! Accidents are most frequently due to haste and poor planning.
 
Don't take safety shortcuts. When workers get out on the job with a supervisor monitoring their output, they are expected to achieve production goals. If they feel their job is on the line, they may take pay less attention to safety than to production, in order to look better in the eyes of the boss. This often means poor choices are made that put them and co-workers at risk. Many accidents happen in just this manner. And these incidents have a negative impact on production, because dealing with them requires valuable time and money.
 
Plan ahead! It is an employee's responsibility to work safely, and that means taking time to review what is to be done - and what could go wrong. All employees should make it a habit to check out the site, assess, review, and assure the work can be done without mishaps.