Shortcuts Are They Safe?

TAKING SHORT CUTS IS COMMON PRACTICE

Everyone takes a shortcut at one time or another. Kids jump the fence instead of using the gate. Pedestrians cross streets between intersections. In many cases, a shortcut involves danger.

BREAK THE HABIT bigstock-silhouette-of-construction-1123058

If you have the habit of taking dangerous shortcuts, break it. In our work it can be deadly. An iron worker who tried to cross an opening by swinging on reinforcing rods slipped and fell 20′ onto a concrete floor. If he had taken a few moments to walk around the opening, he’d still be tying rods.

AVOID DANGEROUS SITUATIONS

If you are told to go to a particular work area, the Company expects you to take the safe route, not the shorter, more hazardous one. The Company, however, can’t be a guardian angel sitting on your shoulder. Avoiding dangerous shortcuts is up to you. And it’s your responsibility to warn anyone else you see taking them.

WHAT IF THERE’S NO SAFE WAY TO GET THERE

Contact your Supervisor to determine a safe means of access is provided for your work area.

SHORTCUTS MORE DANGEROUS AT HEIGHTS

Even though the job may take but a few minutes, don’t climb on false work or an improvised platform. Use the ladder or scaffold. And don’t go from one elevation to another by climbing a column or sliding down a rope. Ladders, steps, and walkways are built to save your neck as well as for your convenience. Use them.

REMEMBER

The safe way isn’t always the shortest way. But it’s the surest way by far.

2 thoughts on “Shortcuts Are They Safe?

  1. As you mentioned, shortcuts are especially dangerous when working from heights. Statistics show that some of the largest percentage of workplace incidents involve falls from heights, a fact that hasn’t changed much over many years. Even though it may seem easier to take a short cut, you can’t gamble with your safety when working on ladders or scaffolding.

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