Accomplishments like Donnie Wagner driving three million accident-free miles
do not happen by accident. Rarely do risk takers achieve the type of remarkable milestone Donnie did. That is because safety is not something safety-minded people think about once in a while. Instead, safety is their state of mind. Both on the job and at home, safety-minded people approach every task with a cautious eye to avoid unnecessary risks that could result in injury.
To be safe, you must recognize risks. At home, this means taking precautions such as securing a ladder before climbing it, wearing safety glasses while using a weed eater, aiming a knife away from you when slicing vegetables, never leaving candles burning when you go to bed, and so on and so forth.
On the job, it takes common sense to identify risks and commitment to following New Penn’s safety protocols to avoid injuring yourself and others. Ask for help when picking up a two-person lift item rather than attempting to move it by yourself. Take your time performing pre-trip inspections. Pay attention and keep your eyes moving at all times. Avoid distractions like texting, and remember that hands-free technology can lead to a false sense of security, and so on.
Morning, noon, and night…inside our offices and out on the road and the docks…New Penn strives to maintain a culture that prioritizes safety over all else. We think this is the best way to encourage a safety mindset.
Whether your job is behind the wheel or behind a keyboard, never think twice about reporting unsafe or broken equipment. Managers need to know when things like truck latches or computer cords are not in safe working order.
When people know better, they do better. If you see a coworker taking an unnecessary chance, more often than not, it is simply a matter of education. Speak up. Show him or her the correct way—the safe way—to do the job. When a coworker has a question, use your experience as a guide to answer it. If a coworker is struggling, lend a hand.
Injuries that occur due to taking unnecessary risks have a domino effect, impacting not only you but also your family and your coworkers. Instead of taking chances and jeopardizing your or others’ well being, go the extra mile. Be aware, speak up, and offer your experience when you see an unsafe or potentially unsafe situation.
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