Posted: February 27, 2013 in Accidents, PPE, Safety Culture
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I was recently sent a link to a video that shows a DEMOLITION of a grain silo from a safety professional.   The title of the e-mail was “What’s Wrong With This Video?”.    This was no ordinary DEMOLITION – this was done by one individual with a single sledge hammer.   However, there was a second individual on site (just in case the first individual was injured or got tired) , he filmed the whole DEMOLITION!     All I have to say is wow – what were they thinking?    Fortunately, nobody was hurt during this particular incident.   How often do you say “what were they thinking?” when you are conducting an accident investigation, near miss investigation, or reading about somebody being injured or killed?

As leaders, we have an obligation to provide a safe work environment.   We have a responsibility to train and educate our employees, to provide engineering controls (guards) on machinery, and to remove workplace hazards.   What we can’t control are the individuals that choose to ignore their training, by-pass guarding, etc.   Obviously if we catch these individuals “breaking the rules”, we need to immediately let them know that such behavior is unacceptable and discipline them (possibly terminate them).    By not acting on such actions, we are sending a message that it is OK to continue – is that the message that you want to send?

As I watch this DEMOLITION video, all I keep thinking about is what could have happened.   These gentlemen were extremely lucky.  Because nobody got hurt , they will probably do something like this again.   Perhaps they will once again get lucky next time, but sooner or later their luck will run out.   I am going to use this video to train employees in the next month and talk about being lucky – what are you going to do?   (Here is the link to this video).

STAY SAFE!     **  Jeff  **   214-215-2434

  1. parksway says:

    How did that ever sound like a good idea??

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