Safety Advisor Blames Unsafe Situations, Not Operator-Error
At the CSSE (or, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering) conference in Niagara Falls this week, Los Alamos National Laboratory safety expert, Todd Conklin, spoke about how many manufacturing and industrial companies look at safety issues. He pointed out that, rather than continually blame operator-error for most failures and safety problems, it is more systemic, stating that:
workers get hurt when they find themselves in situations where it’s hard to be safe and easy to get hurt.
Instead of asking a worker, “what have you done, now?” ask them, “how do we set this up so failure doesn’t happen again.” By asking the right question, employers can get a more operational-centric answer.
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