June is National Safety Month and we have heard from Ed Dyling, Jennifer Scott and Edward Robinson about why they choose safety. Now we hear from Tina Williamson who is Hager’s Safety/Environmental Supervisor in our Montgomery plant.
“As we come to the end of National Safety Month, we reflect on what it really means to be safe. Our campaign of Safety by Choice, Not by Chance was used to entice employees to think about how they make decisions; do those decisions include being safe or are they careless acts that they have always done, but just haven’t been injured doing them yet.”
“We encounter unsafe conditions every day. We drive to work every day and are faced with unsafe conditions; other drivers driving reckless, weather conditions, etc. It’s the unsafe acts we introduce with those unsafe conditions that cause injuries. For example, a thunderstorm is an unsafe condition. If we are driving during a thunderstorm and are speeding and don’t allow a safe stopping distance between the cars in front of us, we have introduced two unsafe acts in an unsafe condition. The chances of being injured are increased because of our unsafe acts. We become complacent because we’ve done it before and haven’t been injured. An accident can occur in a split second and the consequences can be devastating.”
“As you go through your work week and even when you are at home think about what you are doing that is unsafe. Are you being complacent? Do you think it can’t happen to you? It can happen to any one of us. Just remember, someone is counting on you. Make safe decisions, if not for you, for those you love.”
Thank you to Tina and the Hager team members who graciously participated in this month’s National Safety Month campaign. We hope these stories convey our commitment to safety for our employees and encourage you to also choose safety.