PERSONAL SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES
So far, weve discussed the responsibilities of key
personnel within your commands safety program.
You may now be asking yourself Where do I fit into
the picture? Remember, safety is everyones
business. Here are your specific responsibilities for
safety follow them wherever you are and no matter
what you are doing:
1. Observe all the safety precautions related to
your work or duty. You may have gotten by with being
careless with safety rules in the past, but your luck will
not hold out forever. If you continually cross a street
without looking, eventually you'll get hit by a car.
2. Report any unsafe conditions or any equipment
or material you think might be unsafe. Dont just walk
by an open manhole or turn in a broken tool without
saying anything about it. Report it! Remember, if you
think its unsafe, then it probably is.
3. Warn others of hazards that exist. If you see
someone knowingly, or unknowingly, place himself or
herself or others in danger, say something. If necessary,
report the situation to your supervisor.
4. Report any injury or ill health to your
supervisor. A splinter in your finger or a scratch on your
leg, if treated immediately, will usually not cause any
more trouble. But if left untreated, it may become
infected, and what would normally be a 10-minute trip
to sick call, may turn into a 10-day hospital stay.
5. Wear protective clothing whenever appropriate
or required. If youre issued electrical safety shoes,
wear them. Its cheaper and easier to replace a pair
of shoes than it is to treat your injuries.
6. Be safety conscious. Always remain alert to
dangers that may exist.
7. Always inspect equipment and associated
attachments for damage before you use them. Make
sure the equipment you are using is suited for the job.
Check the safety precautions that pertain to each piece
Remember, SAFETY should be your first thought
before you begin a task and throughout the task,
throughout the day.
I AM YOUR WORST ENEMY
I am more powerful than the combined armies of the world. I have destroyed more men than all the
wars of all the nations. I massacre thousands of people every year. I am more deadly than bullets, and I have
wrecked more homes than the deadliest guns.
In the United States alone, I steal over 150 million dollars each year. I spare no one, and I find my
victims among the rich and the poor alike, the young and the old, the strong and the weak. Widows and
widowers know me to their everlasting sorrow. I loom up in such proportions that I cast my shadow over
every field of labor.
I lurk in unseen places and do most of my work silently. You are warned against me, yet you heed me
not. I am relentless, merciless, and cruel. I am everywhere: in the home, on the streets, in the factory, at the
railroad crossing, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.
I bring sickness, degradation, and death, yet few seek me out to destroy me. I crush, I maim, I
devastateI will give you nothing and rob you of all you have.
I am your worst enemy
I AM CARELESSNESS.