It’s that time again!

Tonight is the official start of the National Football League’s 2015 Season.  For every team in the league it’s a fresh start, a level playing field, another chance to win a championship.  Coaches and players strategize, review films, and create new plays, scout opponents and practice, practice, practice. All in the name of getting it right. For fans, it’s another shot at bragging rights for their favorite team.

Although some would disagree, I look at it as a “do-over”; a chance to correct the mistakes of the past; a chance to block that game winning field goal or prevent that last minute game interception or take back that game changing fumble. And that’s a good thing.

Contrary to this, “do-overs” when it comes to safety in the workplace are not a good thing. When accidents happen and someone gets hurt, there are no second chances – the damage is already done. Equipment can be replaced and structures can often be fixed, but when a worker gets hurt those injuries can be life changing – or worse – life ending. Can your safety program eliminate all accidents and injuries? No.  Accidents are going to happen. But wouldn’t you want to do everything you could to prevent injury to your employees?

Just like in football, safety in the workplace needs a game plan – one that takes into account the things that can go wrong and how to prevent them from happening. And everyone – management and employees – need to be involved on creating the plan and making sure it is followed. That requires practice and hard work.

Safety is not a game. Let’s make sure we get it right the first time.


Posted by MJ Thomas

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