1. It’s not an accident, if we knew it could happen.
Accidents are unexpected or unwanted events. If an accident is unexpected, then we must identify the things that happen on our sites as "incidents." The reason why...? 80% of incidents that happen on our jobsites are due to unsafe acts or conditions. This means that our incidents are not unexpected, because many times we see the signs of something that could happen, but we failed to correct it.
2. Hey, I know a shortcut!
We are skilled professionals at Gaylor Electric - but even with all those skills, sometimes we take shortcuts that can prove to be dangerous. Maybe we forget about wearing a seatbelt on the Lull because we are having to get up and down to adjust the load... We remove a guard so you can get the grinder a little closer... We get busy and fail to move materials or equipment to a safer location on the jobsite. All of these things seem like short cuts to save time and money, but they are incidents waiting to happen.
3. Man, that almost got me!
What is a near miss?? A near miss is the accident or incident you ALMOST had. It’s that situation where the drill bit broke, you didn’t have your glove on, and the drill slipped to the left - rather than to the right and into your hand. That’s a near miss! Statistics show that for 330 unsafe behaviors, 300 of them result in nothing happening. However, 29 of them result in a minor injury, and 1 results in major injury or death. What that means is... the more risk you take, the more the chances are for you to be involved in a major injury or fatality.
THINK SAFETY BEFORE YOU START!