“Distractions at Work”

Consider this: 4 out of every 5 accidents are the fault of the person involved in the incident. Unsafe acts cause four times as many accidents and injuries as unsafe conditions.

Many accidents and injuries occur when you are distracted while working.

Below are safety guidelines to ensure that you and all workers are aware of the distractions that may occur while on the job, and how these distractions can be eliminated:

  • Mental distractions: Dropping your ‘mental’ guard can pull your focus away from safe work procedures. You can be distracted when you are busy working and a friend comes by to talk while you are trying to work. Do not become a statistic because you took your eyes off the machine or the work “just for a minute.”
  • Inattention: Inattention may be the result from workplace arguments, confusing instructions, concern about working hours, wages, bills, etc. Inattention worsens with fatigue and boredom. Keep your mind on your work. The prime interest in solving hazards created by inattention lies in methods of difference; warnings, alarms, fail-safe switch circuits, guards, etc.
  • Machinery: Set up your work station in a clear unobstructed location with good lighting, proper electrical circuits, and away from busy foot traffic that would cause distractions. When a machine does not start the way it was designed, inform your supervisor.
  • Hearing: Playing loud music and using headphones can be a hazardous distraction. Workers need to hear when important instructions or warnings are told. A co-worker may save your life.
  • Shortcuts: Every day we make decisions we hope will make the job faster and more efficient. Do time savers ever risk your safety, or that of your co-workers? Short cuts that reduce your safety on the job are not shortcuts, but an increased chance for injury.
  • Overconfidence: Confidence is a good thing. Overconfidence can be too much of a good thing. Do not start a task with incomplete instructions. Ask for explanations about work procedures and safety precautions.
  • Poor housekeeping: Poor housekeeping creates hazards of all types. A well-maintained area sets a standard for others to follow. Good housekeeping involves both pride and safety.
  • Ignoring safety procedures: Purposely failing to observe safety procedures can endanger you and your co-workers. Being hasty in starting a task or not thinking through the process can put you in harms way. Plan your work and then work your plan.

Remember: Concentrate on the work at hand, and keep your mind on your work. Utilize these safety guidelines to help eliminate distractions on the job.

“An open mind leaves a chance for someone to drop a worthwhile thought in it” Anonymous

Thanks for the share, TO!