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A safety meeting in a nutshell


Note to Discussion Leader: Use the following information to develop your presentation. Make the material applicable to your operation to help your listeners relate to the message. Ask questions to draw out personal experiences from your participants. Share information that encourages awareness and application of sound accident-prevention principles.

We are constantly faced with decisions about how we will live our lives. Some are simple. Like what to wear or what to eat. Some are hard, such as what to do as our life s work. or whether to move ourselves or our families to a new home or location. And some are critical to our health and well-being.

Let's consider an example of what can result from a poor decision. Several years ago in a large plant in Ohio, an employee lost his life. He was a young man, married with two children. He was responsible and experienced at his job.

While walking from his workstation to a break area, the man decided to take a shortcut between two tall stacks of material. He stepped into a main aisle from between the stacks of material without looking or listening, and was struck and killed by a forklift carrying material.

Some might say that this was an unusual situation, but it happens all too often. Understandably, drivers or operators of moving equipment get upset with pedestrians who test the stopping ability of their vehicles or equipment.

Why do incidents like this one happen? Consider these responses, and if any might apply to you:

What types of moving equipment could cause injury? Obviously, there is the inventory we sell. In addition, there are forklifts, skid-steer loaders, manlifts, pallet jacks, cranes and hoists, delivery vehicles and, finally, company vehicles.

What protective measures are provided for pedestrians' protection?

In attention to, or ignorance of these devices and how they work can cause serious injury or death. So how can we protect ourselves and be responsible pedestrians? To steal a phrase from the railroads: stop, look, listen. Also, abide by company rules and policies.

Equipment operators, too, must constantly be aware of the limitations of the equipment, and of pedestrians who may stray into the danger zone. They should:


-- from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Safety Leaders Discussion Guide