In 2020, almost 40% of our lost time injuries for the year occurred in January and February alone. This is typically a high-risk time of year for us, so we need to make sure we are all well-rested, focused and ready to work safely.
After taking a break from work, whether it’s for a few days or weeks, we must consider what could have changed in the workplace while we were away and switch back on to safety.
You can do this by:
- Paying attention to any notices or alerts that were issued in your absence
- Listening at your prestart and toolbox meetings for any important information
- Revisiting your risk assessments to refresh your memory on safe work methods
- Participating in any refresher inductions or training that is required
- Looking at your work area with fresh eyes – look for hazards and report any unsafe conditions
- Using the ‘Take 2: Stop-Think-Go’ process to get back into a safe mindset
- Communicating with others – if you are not sure about something, ask
- Watching out for each other and intervening if you see someone at risk.
- Following the GFG Life Savers for our critical risks.