Does anyone know what the average age of an individual involved in a fatality at the work place is? It is not 22, 29, 36, or 44. It is 56 years old. Complacency is described to us by any Google search as “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often overlooking known hazards because we have become use to their presence” or “a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better.” Those feelings are often experienced by someone who has spent a long time at one job or in one position and who has become accustomed to by-passing certain safety rules to “get the job done.” It is possibly the number one killer on the job for that reason. How many of us have side stepped around an open hole in the floor or ground, simply because you know it’s there, it’s been there for ages, or no one else has bothered to cover it up? How many of us have overlooked that slightly frayed rigging because the job needs to be finished, you don’t have a suitable replacement handy, or it has worked well enough so far? Complacency will always end up hurting someone in the long run.
Things to help avoid complacency becoming a problem on your site are: