by Dr. Isabel Perry,
“The Safety Doctor”
We’ve been walking for most of our lives. We walk without thinking, and often without
looking. When we’re at home, we know
where the furniture is, where the steps are, where doors and appliances
are. Accidents happen when a child
leaves a toy on the floor, or the dog stretches out across a walk area, or
someone moves a piece of furniture without telling us. If we’re not looking where we’re walking, we
risk becoming a statistic!
At work, you probably know where every single thing is
located in your office or at your workstation. Unfortunately, the moment you
move outside your area, you should treat the environment as though you are a
stranger there for the first time. That
may sound odd, but it will ensure that you don’t become a statistic at
No matter where
Stick to the approved walk areas.
Don’t be tempted to jump over obstacles to take
If you must read something, stop – read, and
When going into restricted areas, check to see
what safety regulations they have
Do you have to wear safety hat or goggles?
Do you have to wear special clothing?
Look around you and be alert to potential
Watch for moving vehicles or handtrucks
Watch for headroom
Make sure that loose fitting clothing doesn’t
get near machinery or moving objects
Going around blind corners, look at the corner mirrors that have been
If crossing an aisle, look both ways before you
step into the aisle
Use the handrail when going up or down
stairs. It’s not necessary to have a
death grip on the handrail, but if your hand is gliding along it, you will have
no problem reaching the rail if you slip.
When going up and down stairs, put your full
foot on the step. Failure to do so, or
putting only the toes and ball of your foot on the step going up, can mean a
Does this sound like things you would do while out on the
street? They are! When we’re on the job
daily we tend to get careless because everything is familiar. But when we stop paying close attention to
what we’re doing, accidents happen.
A FINAL WORD OF CAUTION
When we don’t stay focused on what we’re doing, we have
accidents. No matter where you are:
Check for blind spots
Don’t get too close to power or hand trucks
Stay out of restricted areas
Watch for moving equipment
Watch for possible hazards that cause slipping
Every day people are injured because they are not paying
attention to where they are going and what is happening around them. Focus on what you are doing, and stay safe!
Dr. Isabel Perry is
an internationally-known safety expert, motivational speaker, author and safety
educator. Based in Orlando, Florida, she can be reached at 407-291-1209 or via e-mail at