Hy-Brid Lifts Safety Blog

WORK SAFE: 3 Ways to Inspire Safe Work Habits

Published April 29th, 2019

There is no way to police the safety of every worker on your jobsite 100% of the time.  That is why it is important to actively inspire and coach your workers on the importance of safety.  We know this not easy work and nothing happens overnight, but if you can start by reaching at least one of your workers, you’ve made a difference.

Here are some things to keep in mind.

GET YOUR WORKERS TO PERCEIVE HAZARDS AS DANGEROUS.

When referencing work hazards, it is important that there is a respect for the fact that they can cause serious injury or death.  Sometimes, when a person has been working around something for an extended period of time, complacency sets in and they can forget about how dangerous it can be.  This complacency can lead to workers taking unnecessary risks that they might not even be aware of.  There should be a healthy paranoia when it comes to hazards on the jobsite.  Never approach them lightheartedly.

BE THE EXAMPLE.

The quickest way to undermine your efforts to make safety a priority on your jobsite is to have your safety supervisor strutting around without the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) or engaging in an unsafe activity.  Everything you ever said will get thrown out the window, even if it is correct.  Double check with OSHA to ensure you're using the PPE for the job.  Avoiding double standards will also help improve how you are perceived on the job.  Do not let anyone onto your jobsite without the proper adherence to safety, regardless of who they are. Nobody outranks safety. Remember actions speak louder than words and consistency will help you earn respect. 

KNOW YOUR PEOPLE

Don’t talk at the people you want to inspire, talk to them.  Have a conversation and listen to what they have to say about everything. Everybody is different.  It might seem like everyone should have the same reasons for being safe but they won’t.  You have to find out what motivates people.  If you are a leader you have to understand the fears, desires and dreams of the people you lead.  This builds trust.  At the end of the day that trust is why they will listen to you and follow your example.

Remember it isn’t always about the numbers.  Building trust does not happen overnight and it isn’t something you can force.  Effective change is progressive and if you stay the course and do it right, you will make a difference.

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