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I can use one of two doors to go between my car and my desk. Common sense says the closer door would be the shortest route. Out of curiosity, I stepped it off and I’m wrong. It’s not a huge difference, but I save a few steps by using the farther door.  

Earlier this year I had a class on forklifts. The instructors shared the concept that “common sense” conflicts with safety. For example, a crane operator had a “ticket” saying maintainers were working on the crane.  However, when the production foreman saw the maintenance team taking a coffee break, his common sense said the crane was available for use. What these two didn’t know was that one man was on the crane’s track, preparing for the rest of the team. It was a fatal mistake, and more stringent procedures are now in place.  

Common sense says, “Nobody walks in this area.” Maybe that’s true 99.9% of the time. Common sense says, “The other driver will see my blinker.” as you start to change lanes. Maybe that other driver is distracted. I could usea thousand examples, but you get the idea. When you have the choice, ignore common sense and choose to…

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

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