Repetition. How much of our lives are filled with repetitive behaviors, tasks, or specific physical movements? Life is full of them. Whether it’s walking, talking or driving a car. At times, our bodies go on autopilot and perform these tasks without even a thought. We often concentrate on a multitude of topics that require our immediate or future attention. At times, not focusing can cause people to become distracted, leading to mistakes, mental lapses or worse, an accident that could cause injury.
For anyone who works in any industry that requires tools, heavy equipment, climbs a ladder or works more than six feet above the ground, many of the job functions are repetitive. Some workers are in industries that expose them to slip, trip or fall hazards. Once a person is comfortable performing a task, the possibility of developing an autopilot approach to any given task might take root over time.
Entering the autopilot mode could become risky if workers do not sharpen their awareness of workplace safety, including regular practicing safety steps or safety training. Sharpening skills will always be one of the cornerstones of maintaining one’s ability to perform at a high level on the job but keeping yourself, and others around you safe will always be the foundation of self-development and career longevity.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regularly promotes workplace safety training and tips for almost all industries. Here is an OSHA publication that offers a significant amount of detail about having a safety program and how best to maintain it.
Take time to sharpen your safety skill sets and personal development by registering for one of our free health and safety training courses. If you need additional information, please contact us. Be safe.