Toolbox Talk: Safety in the Absence of Unreasonable Risk

Toolbox Talk: Safety in the Absence of Unreasonable Risk

While this is one of the best definitions of “safety” out there, “safety” is actually an outcome or result. The statement might better be: “Safety is an outcome of the absence unreasonable risk”.

Regardless of how you state it the focus on keeping workers safe and healthy has greater financial and reputational incentives than ever before.

The irony of this focus is that in spite of companies supplying better PPE, writing better safe work procedures, and focusing on emergency preparation, injuries and even fatalities continue. In fact, workplace fatalities have been increasing and tend to increase in step with how busy the economy is. It is the increase of unsafe acts that is driving these statistics.

Unsafe acts account for 80 to 90 per cent of all injuries. To be fair, many unsafe acts take place because a worker is new and does not know better. Essentially this is an unsafe condition because a company is required by law to inform and train workers about the hazards of their job. We know better in our shops.

Most injuries here that are the result of an unsafe act, the worker knows better. Usually, someone is taking a short cut because they think this is saving time. This calculation is always flawed. If you rationally step back and look at the situation, you quickly see that you never save time taking so called short cuts. A classic example is jumping down from about one meter (39 inches for the metrically impaired). You can jump down without injury quite a number of times. However, if you do not see the wet spot on the floor that is extremely slippery, if you slip just before you jump, if someone placed something on your landing spot, you can sustain a significant injury. For the sake of argument, say you tweaked your ankle and had to do Modified Duties for a week. How many thousand times do you have to jump down one meter instead of sitting down and swinging your legs over the side? And what if you had injured yourself more severely? What if you broke your back and ended your working career?

There is no short cut that is worthwhile. There are set ways of doing things that are proven over time (our work procedures). If you think that what you are doing might be risky, it probably is. It pays to stop several times a day and give yourself that four second check to see what hazards there might be around you. You might find an easier and safer way to move something. You might discover that conditions have changed. In the end, the vast majority of unreasonable risk is from our own risk taking. If we truly think about what we are doing, we are less likely to sustain an injury.

What is Construction Staffing Done Right?

Doing the right thing. Communicating openly and honestly.

These traits may not be common in construction staffing, but they serve as our foundation at Construct Corps.  We believe there is a right way to do things and that mutual success is the byproduct of sound principles.   Our services are priced fairly and we recommend the best solution, even if it is not one we offer.   Our centralized recruiting operations make it possible to receive the same high level of service no matter where your business takes you.  Combine this with our refined systems and quality management processes that help insure a high staffing success rate, and we’re dispelling the myth that all construction staffing companies are the same.

Offering superior service since 2000, Construct Corps is a skilled trades construction staffing company, providing qualified workers to commercial, industrial, and residential contractors.   Give us the opportunity to discuss your manpower needs and see why we’re different.



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