Monday, September 19, 2016

Why Change is Important


playground equipment

I was scrolling though Facebook last week and came across this image. My first reaction was a combination of laughter and disbelief. Can any of you imagine allowing your children to play on a structure like this? We go to so many lengths to protect our children, constantly researching ways to make everyday activities safer for them. And in that strive for constant improvement, the play structures of today are drastically different due to added safety features and elimination and control of hazards. While we have definitely made them safer, do you think kids today have less fun on these play structures? I doubt it. In fact, I might even argue that we have improved the fun-factor by adding new and unique features.

So….why can’t we apply the same thinking to machine safety? We often hear “I’ve been doing it this way for years, why do we have to change it now?”. If we use that same logic for our children’s activities how many more serious injuries would we see? Instead, why don’t we all work together to improve the safety of our equipment, not only for ourselves but for our children when they enter the workforce. When we all work together in a positive way to improve the safety in our work environment, I bet we will find even better ways to accomplish the same goals. And perhaps years down the road when we see an image of an old machine we can also look at it in disbelief instead of thinking that it is normal.

Posted by Kristin Petaski at 2:59 PM


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