If we know what our greatest threats to our safety are at work, we can prioritize to protect against them. For instance, the top threats to a Line Mechanic are (according to OSHA):
- Confined spaces
- Fires and Explosions
- Sprains, strains and fractures
- Environmental stress
So how can we help protect ourselves from these very real dangers?
Stay aware of your surroundings. Even small movement can lead to an accident. By staying alert and focusing on work you will know what is going on around you.
Use tools appropriately. Never use a tool that you are not familiar with.
When working with others, work in teams. Communicate with each other, so everyone knows what everyone is going to do. By being your brother's keeper, we ensure that we all will go home together at the end of the workday.
Take your time. Use as much time as the job takes to get it done right. Some workers try to rush at times, this is where accidents are more likely.
Wear your PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Your PPE is not optional, you must wear it! Some workers develop a "bullet proof mentality." Most likely from cutting corners and getting away with it. You are only playing Russian roulette by cutting corners with safety.
Remember you often have control of your safety and the safety of those around you.