Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on personal risk assessment. Read the series introduction here.
When experienced hands become complacent and unfocused, there is a tendency to pass this dangerous auto pilot mindset on to new hands, furthering the problem. One of the better safety pros I know suggests we use some simple but effective techniques to re-engage those doing repetitive jobs:
- When engaged in a repetitious job, mentally and verbally treat it as if this were the first time performing the task. Verbally? Yes, audibly talking ourselves through the job helps our minds concentrate on the task afresh.
- Have the new employee train or talk another employee through the job.
- Stop and think: what could go wrong with this job, this time?
- Stop and think: is the procedure for this job correct at this time under these conditions?