Our first operating principle (or core value) is “responsible” and when I hear the word responsible, ownership immediately comes to mind. Responsibility is an obligation to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion.
When linked to safety, we all share the responsibility to provide our employees with a safe work environment. We all have many responsibilities in our lives and, at home or at work, they come with consequences. Unfortunately, when safety responsibilities a) are not a priority, b) are not met at home or c) fail in the work environment, the consequence may be that someone gets hurt.
Whether we work in utility vegetation management or on the office staff at corporate, we all share the responsibility for encouraging a safe culture and to improve behavior and performance in the workplace. We all share accountability to encourage our peers to value safe work practices and obey policies.
Following are a few frequently discussed actions you can use to be responsible and create a successful safety culture today:
- Review our summer safety series, Caught in the Act of Doing the Right Thing, and engage in the tactical learning exercises
- Assure all employees are fit for duty
- Employ out-of-the-gate inspections of all equipment
- Encourage an ALL STOP when something doesn’t appear right
- Review the 9 to Know policies
- Encourage quality hazard assessment and mitigation by asking “what if” questions
Stay safe and be responsible.