Heavy Equipment Operator Safety: Overcoming Rationalization through Operator Engagement
A recent blog post by Howard Mavity discusses the role of nonchalance or lack of caring by skilled operators as a cause of many workplace accidents. Too often experienced operators are willing to engage in risky work-place behavior because it’s a “one-time” occurrence and the savings in time makes it worthwhile. Companies need to take the time to replace the culture of rationalization, especially when it concerns safety on a construction site and involving heavy equipment, with a culture of operator engagement.
As Mavity points out an engaged operator will take ownership for their actions and the overall operations of the company. An engaged operator will see unsafe activities as a threat to them, to their co-works, and to their credibility. But, how does an employer develop engaged operators? The simplest way is to involve them in safety planning, safety inspections and walk-arounds, and in presenting safety training and reminders. Safety should not be a top-down proposition in a risky industry. Neither should it be solely a bottom-up proposition. Rather a company should seek to create a culture where safety is advocated from all directions.
Please read the post by Howard Mavity at: http://ohsonline.com/blogs/the-ohs-wire/2013/07/choose-to-get-hurt.aspx.