A good scare is often worth more than good advice. But frankly, we should all just take the advice before we get the scare.
The job is dangerous enough without making the effort it takes to follow procedure. Here’s a butt-kick to spur you on to glory in the here and now instead of in the hereafter.
1. Gear: Safe and Ready
Checked, updated and secure. That’s how each piece of your equipment should be at all times. This isn’t a novel idea, but it is one that we can’t say often enough. Tools should be up-to-date and inspected regularly for:
- Weak spots
- Loose bolts
- Broken parts
- Any other potential problems
Many a crew member has fallen, suffered injury or paid the ultimate price because of an unnoticed equipment failure. Keep your eyes on the gear that could save your life.
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2. Stay Strong: The Basics
Strength is more than accomplishing your goal and finishing the job right. How strong you are starts when you get home at night.
It’s the little things that can make or break you.
- Dress appropriately
- Hydrate often
- Get good sleep (and enough of it)
- Hold your loved ones every chance you get
- Keep a great attitude
Caring for your health and family is just as important to you mentally as managing your tools is to you in the field. Priority: Make this your safest year yet.
3. Regulations: Review Them Regularly
The hours are long, the work is hard. But that would never keep a crewman from getting the job right. So make sure all the procedures have been followed to keep you safe and heading home at the end of the day. Daily reminders include:
- OSHA standards
- Job-specific protocols
- Tailgate meetings
- Safety gear manuals
- Any other safety/efficiency resource you are offered
Whether it’s in a book, on the internet, or man-to-man at a tailgate meeting, these up-to-date notes about protocols and procedures may seem boring, but they might just be the only thing between you and danger. Read up and listen in. There’s no such thing as being too safe or too well-informed.