- Bucket trucks which give better, more stable access at heights
- Automatic Braking Systems (ABS) that help vehicles stop more quickly
- Ground Fault Interrupting (GFI) electronics which reduce electrocution risk
- An increase in aggressive driving as a result of more confidence in an ABS being able to stop the vehicle
- Little or no change in parachute sport fatalities even though the equipment failures have been reduced dramatically (now, the predominate cause of fatality has shifted from no chute deployment (equipment failure) to delayed chute deployment (personal decision to delay chute deployment due to confidence in the equipment working))
What is the solution to increased personal risk tolerance due to over confidence in the equipment? One of the more effective ways to prevent increased personal risk tolerance is the stop and think card. Before each job, stop, think and discuss: What could go wrong? How serious could it be? Am I physically and mentally prepared? How can I reduce the personal risks to myself and others? By applying this principle, your actions, and not technology, are responsible for your personal safety.