Unsafe Actions – The Deadly Dozen # 7

7. Improperly using tools or equipment.

The above photo is a perfect illustration of the deadly dozen # 7 of today. Bobcats are not intended to be the base for a scaffold. There’s a big accident just waiting to happen here! One can only hope that someone had the sense to lockout the bobcat but again, the kind of people who would do or allow this kind of thing probably aren’t known for their smarts or concern for safety.

While this photo is maybe somewhat extreme, you’d be surprised how often, when making sales calls, I’ve witnessed forklifts and other equipment being used in ways that they were never intended to be used. Everyone of us could probably give several examples of workplace instances where tools and equipment were used for purposes other than what they were designed for.

The Fix

Not rocket science here, just don’t do it. If you don’t have the right tool, go get it; simply don’t do that particular job until you have the right tool for the job. It’s that simple!

Using the wrong tool not only puts everyone in danger but it can also damage the tool which means that the next time a worker picks it up he or she is now dealing with unsafe action # 5.

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