Setting a good example is not a put-on. It’s simply working safety into your daily routine at home and on the job. In fact, new employees benefit by seeing operations conducted the safe way. Through observation and via interaction with fellow workers, working safe becomes learned behavior and will eventually become routine.
Actions will always speak louder than words. When we let our safety glasses resting on our foreheads rather than in place over our eyes, or when we kick an empty water bottle under a bench rather than pick it up, we’re sending the message that safety doesn't really matter.
There’s another angle to setting good examples. Too often people dress to impress others rather than with a focus on safety. Always dress for the job as it will give way to the more important and more beneficial images of safety. Wearing rings, bracelets, and other ornaments is dangerous on a joist as it could get caught by the moving parts of machinery. Long sleeves, floppy pant legs, and long hair can be hazardous on some jobs as well.
Accidents are a reality so make personal safety a priority and set an example for others to follow.