The old mentality of “safety in a bucket” still applies – “here’s a bucket, everything inside this 5-gallon bucket is all you need to stay safe.” This mentality is not your end all, save all. “I’m carrying my bucket and I’m protected” is like saying “I only need a hammer and nail to complete a carpentry job.”
Budgets also play a role. And, I get it – it’s not always feasible to work out of a basket or install scaffolding. But, a one-size-fits-all fall protection solution is not enough. There’s so much more to safety than what can fit in a bucket.
First and foremost, you need to plan the work and work the plan. Risk increases when insufficient planning time is not applied on the front-end of the work. It’s about selecting and collecting the right type and amount of protections for the job with consideration to location, environment, and probable hazards that will allow workers to complete the job without injury.
On the contrary, a poor planning process, improper equipment selection, insufficient funding, and inadequate training are often at the center of any preventable injury.
So, where are you at? Are you handing your workers a bucket of bull$#!^ or a toolbox built on pre-planning and safety mindfulness? Here’s a few tips to ensure you’re safe on the “latter”: