“Although there are many sources of unexpected or unplanned things that can happen, there are three main categories:

1. You do something unexpectedly that gets you hurt.
2. Someone else does something unexpectedly that gets you hurt.
3. The equipment, tools or machinery you’re working with does something unexpectedly that gets you hurt.

However, statistics show that only about 4 or 5% of all injuries at work, at home or on the highway occur because of equipment or component malfunction, weather or road conditions, faulty brakes, etc.” (1)

As this quote demonstrates, incidents/accidents are usually caused by people. AKA Operator error. So a little personal initiative on the front end can ensure that you succeed in PAIN PREVENTION! Have you ever done something unsafe and as you did it, you thought it was not the best idea? You briefly thought of the worst case scenario but did the task anyway. The next time that happens, listen to your instincts and choose the SAFE option.

Just live by this motto for safety: Is it worth the risk?

(1). SAFESTART. Unit 1. Introduction & Overview. 1999: SAFESTART. Canada, p. 13.

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I am a Physical Therapist and Ergonomics Consultant, based out of Columbia, SC. My passion is to write about and speak about pain/injury prevention. I started Pain Talks as a consulting business in 2018.

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