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CASING THE JOINT

This has nothing to do with a stake out or anything like that. When it comes to safety on-the-job, it simply refers to the art of taking a detailed and comprehensive look at what you plan to do and how; taking each step in turn to ascertain that nothing has escaped your scrutiny or attention.

Workplace accidents or so called, are often traceable to those little things that slipped through the gap due to oversight, familiarity with the routine, repetitive application, time pressure, competing interests/goals, skills deficiency or plain I-know-what-I-am-doing ego thing. So it figures that most workplace so-called accidents are preventable. Or could be prevented if every job task or routine is subject to a second look aka casing the joint.

On-the-job errors are costly, regardless. This is because whatever the circumstances, an error is an error. It spells doom for your pocket as the business owner, employer, employee, contractor or shareholder. Unfortunately, shop floor Management is often in a corner, looking to deliver on the boss' sometimes unrealistic targets and steering a safe ship. This 'conflict of interest' is the Launchpad of most safety failings in the workplace but the reality hardly dawns until it's too late. Because there's an unwritten rule of 'production is priority' or 'do more with less in most workplaces', the 'long term' value of 'slow and steady' winning the race loses it's time honoured appeal.

But does it make any business sense to race to your targets only to lose the production line or the entire production facility in the end? If the answer is not a 'yes' then 'Casing The Joint' as often as necessary while you're on the job might not be such a bad idea. After all, sustainable production can only mean safe production.

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