When it comes to road safety we’re all equally exposed. There are no special safeguards for anyone, not the poor nor the rich. Not the president, not the governor and not the unemployed.
It is safe to say at this point that looking for who is to blame amounts to taking the path of least resistance – an unnecessary official cop out which may be due to ignorance or lack of capacity, or both.
Many workplaces have huge signs splashed across their entrances boldly proclaiming SAFETY as their No.1 priority but I would be worried if I found myself working in such an outfit. I’ll be worried because in all honesty no business owner sets up just to make safety his/her number one priority.
Sure, but isn’t that what they all say? Can it be that you’re immune or that your competitors are plain unlucky; or maybe someone up there is unhappy with them, right?
If it was solely common sense that pivots safety, how come there are thousands of workers killed or maimed each year with trillions of naira worth of property damaged at the same time?
If there were to be a serious fire and explosion on your oil & gas installation how would you react or respond? Would you know what to do? Are your people prepared to do what has to be done to minimize the outcome? Is there a plan in place to deal with stuff like that?
Long before mobile phones came along people still found ways to make things turn out the way they were supposed to. Work could still be hazardous or downright perilous provided the right triggers were present. People ate, drank, and smoked behind the wheel.
What is safety? Bloody waste of time and money! Really? No doubt, there are some business owners who may think, feel and act like safety is a waste of time and money; an abstract quantity and a studied distraction from the all-important business of production.
Harriman Isa Oyofo is Chairman/CEO of Health , Safety and Loss Control company, Mann Safety, Nigeria. His interview with Nigeria Business Communities:
It is important for the small business owner to take workplace accidents seriously because they can have a terminal effect on the business. Prevention should be the key and all accidents should be duly reported, recorded and investigated to prevent reoccurence.