Bad things happen to good people

It’s easy to see it.

The inattention. The lack of competency. The hurried state. The fatigued mind.

And then the injury.

In the mind of many managers (and even some safety professionals) the injury is a result of being a bad person.

“How could she do that?”

“What was he thinking?”

“Didn’t they know that would happen?”

“Weren’t they paying attention in the training class?”

If the supervisor thinks back, she knew it was coming. She’d seen the signs. Why didn’t she do something previously?

It’s a lie. It’s THE lie. It’s convenient to line up the dominoes and cheese slices post-incident. It’s mentally convenient to assign blame to that domino, that piece of cheese, or that bad worker.

Bad things happen to good people.” As EHS professionals we must believe this simple statement to move past the blame and the fault-finding to a place where the worker is once again the most valuable and necessary piece in the system. And we cannot get there by attributing incidents to bad people.

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