It has become an Alchemy-Spetec holiday tradition to re-post this safety blog I wrote a few years ago. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! (Andy Powell - Alchemy-Spetec Southeast Regional Manager.)
This time of year, most people will spend a little extra time with their loved ones. It is also a time to reflect on the loved ones we miss that are no longer with us. Like most of us, I know people who have either been lost or have suffered through a loss. In those cases, there was nothing that could have been done to stop it. However, there are things that we can do to guard against job-related safety hazards.
I've been fortunate enough to spend time in an OSHA safety training class. It was required in order to be present supervising a project at a chemical facility. Signing in at 6 AM, I’ll admit I was not looking forward to spending all day there. By the end of the day, I was glad that I went.
In an intro video, the narrator said that every morning when you kiss your loved one goodbye before you go to work, keep in mind that someone, somewhere will not come home from work that day. Workplace accidents are almost entirely preventable. Investigations typically find the cause quite easily.
The class I attended contained a dozen or so modules, each one with a video case study followed by the teaching. Every case study module covered a different accident where people didn’t come home from work that day. All of them could have been prevented. I learned about fire, electrical and chemical safety; as well as confined space, ladders, scaffolds, and working in trenches. I have worked in the construction industry since my teenage years, so it was sobering to look back and think about some of the close calls I had.
If you're a contractor or industry-related business owner looking for a good investment, send your employees to one of these classes. It’s an excellent opportunity for them to learn safety principles that can protect you, your other employees, and your business from being lost. It’s a gift that will keep on giving. You don’t need Christmas as a reason to do this, but in the spirit of the season, you may want to make it the reason.