13 Jun The 6 Ps to Avoid Injury
TAKE 6 Ps and 2 x 5 TO STAY ALIVE
Are the horrific life-changing injuries to a young man (a father of three pre-schoolers) an indication that there are some New Zealand businesses that still have a lot to learn or just simply do not follow the rules of good health and safety practices?
The sad thing is that in the future he will be able to hold his children in his prosthetic arms, but never feel the warmth of their skin to his touch.
This accident is not the first of its kind, and dare I say it, will not be the last.
So how can we mitigate this type or any other accident from happening again?
Simple – apply the 6 P principle – Prior Planning Prevents a P##s Poor Performance.
A simple, practical, and effective acronym that should be applied before you even start the work, or when completing a JSA or SSSP for the work.
So, follow these steps…
- Apply the 6 P principle.
- Take 2 steps back, and take 5 minutes minimum to think about the task. It could be the best investment in time you ever make.
- Use your staff in the same exercise – they are also involved, they want to avoid injury, and might just become a victim who might not go home to their spouse and kids.
- If you have not completed the JSA prior to this point, take time to discuss this with your staff and document the JSA together. You are required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to involve them in your health and safety decision making. As the manager or supervisor, you do not have a mortgage on knowledge.
- Perform a risk rating on the hazards, document the rating, and communicate the outcome with your staff.
- Evaluate your controls as the work progresses, and involve and communicate any changes with your staff.
- When the job is finished, that should not be the end of this process. Evaluate and learn from the experience – what worked, what did not, how can we improve next time? That is called continuous improvement.
Please contact us if you wish to discuss this further.