Safety Recognition and Situational Awareness

Safety Recognition
John Eastman, operator for our Access Division, was in our customer’s yard when he noticed a log truck driver (not associated with the project) in need of medical care. The log truck driver was using a cheater to release a lever style load binder when the cheater and lever swung back and struck the driver in the face. John rushed over to him, provided first aid, and transported him to the hospital. Thanks for your quick reaction John!

This is a good reminder of why we use the ratchet style load binders.

Situational Awareness
Situational awareness involves being aware of your immediate surroundings and the impact of your or other’s actions as it relates to the well-being of yourself and those around you. It requires the use of knowledge from experience and education to accurately assess and determine your level of safety. It is also important to acknowledge that everyone’s level of awareness may differ from your own when making an appraisal of your environment. You should also remember that what you perceive as happening in your surroundings may not completely represent reality. How you read a situation could be easily influenced by distractions, personal experiences, and the quality of the type and level of information that you have been given.

Here are some simple steps to help improve your situational awareness:
1. STOP: Take time to think before you act.
2. LOOK: Scan your workplace for potential hazards to you and your coworkers. Eliminate or control any and all hazards.
3. ASSESS: Take a moment to think about whether you have the appropriate tools, knowledge, PPE, and training to deal with the task at hand. If not, talk to your supervisor.
4. MANAGE: At any point if you feel something is unsafe, stop the task and talk to your supervisor. Remember that everyone has the right and responsibility to stop unsafe work.