Safety really is personal. We work to provide useful safety training topics, but, the fact of the matter is that we are talking about helping real people return to their real families. Even the news articles we talk about on this site are about real people.
I recently found this blog post talking about a safety officer who remembered to take an on-the-job accident personally. In the video, Mike Honeyman of Arctic Arrow Powerline Group in British Columbia tells how he developed the occupational health and safety program for his company. He talks about how he wrote the company’s safety manual to help his men be safe.
Mike then talks about a workplace accident that taught him the importance of focusing on people rather than just throwing a safety book at employees. One of his employees was working on a power line and got electrocuted, resulting in losing both his arm and his leg. The accident resulted in an investigation into the company, including the safety training program. Mike talks about how on the job accidents like this one result in the company being criticized for focusing too much on numbers and data rather than focusing on people.
As Mike says in the video, “It doesn’t matter what you have written down in a book if that doesn’t translate into something real with the people that you are responsible for as a business owner, it means nothing. It’s about connecting with people and really showing them that when you are talking about safety, you mean it. And what you mean is that you actually want them to be safe.”
Since the employee’s accident, Mike has worked hard to focus on the people. The man who was injured has also helped Mike revamp the safety program. It’s great to see a manager who cares so much about the safety of his employees. Let’s remember as we plan and carry out our safety trainings that our efforts need to be personal.
You can watch the entire video below.