United we stand – divided we fall, the more the merrier, two heads are better than one, and strength in numbers are all iconic phrases most of us have heard. Applying these sayings to job safety is a must. If you are feeling a situation is dangerous, or unsafe, chances are your co-workers will have the same feelings. Present your concern to your co-workers at coffee break or lunch, and bring your concern to supervision as a group. This prevents a worker being singled out as an instigator or trouble maker, and your concerns will usually be resolved.
Quick Tip: Welders should never work alone, especially on construction sites. A welder wearing a welding shield, hearing protection etc., is unaware of surrounding injury or life threatening situations that could develop.
Written by Brian Chalmers