An article from a recent Montana newspaper describes an incident in which a sober, middle-aged man led the police on a dangerous, high-speed chase. “I just always wanted to do that,” the man said, according to the police report. The man is accused of trying to evade a police patrol by driving at high speeds and on the interstate just to see what it would be like, police reported and could be facing a misdemeanor charge for reckless driving while eluding police.
Not quite as obvious, but the same thing can be said of our actions when it comes to safety. Each of us gets rushed or hurried or just complacent and takes short cuts that aren't safe and may cause us to have an injury. Things like not locking equipment out, not wearing the proper PPE for the task, skipping the safety checklist. You know what they are, as you've probably stopped at some point and made a conscious decision to forgo following the safe way to do it.
That's what this Montana driver did. He decided he just wanted to "do it", so he did. Now many of you may think it's no big deal as he didn't get hurt during the incident. The key to this is no one got hurt THIS TIME. The scenarios are endless as he was doing what he wanted on the high speed chase. The police could have crashed, someone could have walked out in the road, he could have lost control due to the stop sticks, etc. The fact is, he not only put HIS life in jeopardy, but the lives and well-being of all those in the community. The same applies to you when you make those conscious decisions not to follow the safety procedures. You may think it will only affect you; however the risks you take can impact your coworkers and the community in ways that may not be obvious or haven't occurred before.
Think about that before you make that decision next time and do it the safe way.