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Safety Blog: Curiosity Killed the Cat!

By Jeff Woods

curiosity killed the cat

We've all experienced this before...someone in our group of employees comes up with an idea to fix something without consulting safety, engineering, etc. The result...death, injury, or at the least property damage.

How many times have you heard of or seen a vehicle being towed or pulled from where it is stuck, using the wrong cable or chain or other type of material? This is commonplace, and just one of many examples of thinking, “Hmm, I wonder if this will do the trick?”

Curiosity can be one of safety's worst enemies if we do not learn to take the initial curious feeling we have and then stop immediately and take the time to discover, learn, and study what it is that is making us curious before we proceed.

"Curiosity is heavily associated with all aspects of human development, in which derives the process of learning and desire to acquire knowledge and skill."

Many people have died or been injured exploring their curiosity. Use the tools you have at hand such as OSHA regulations, engineering diagrams, monitoring devices, cable and chain charts, and instruction manuals from the manufacturers. All of these tools are available to us at the click of a button.

Do not just react when your curiosity is peaked. Stop and take time to discover the potential hazards, risks, and mitigations before you take one more step. The process of learning and desire to acquire knowledge and skill must be performed with fact, figures, diagrams, job safety assessment, and a full knowledge of the limits of the equipment you plan to utilize.

Don't be the cat that let your curiosity put you or your fellow employees at risk of harm!

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Jeff Woods is a Safety Compliance Analyst at Graphic Products. Receive on-site training, consultation, and evaluation individually tailored for your facility’s safety needs by Woods through Compliance Services, a new program by Graphic Products.