Blood, PPE, and selling your car

“There is always an easy solution to every human problem – neat, plausible and wrong.” — H. L. Mencken

Your car is for sale. So you craft a gorgeous Craigslist ad and 5 minutes later you receive a phone call. You’ve listed the car for $16,000, a fair price and the amount you need to replace the vehicle.

When the prospective buyer shows up, they’re interested. They want the car. But you quickly say, “I’d let it go for $8,500…do you want the car?”

What?

But that’s what happens in safety. Our organizations experience tragic incidents. And we know there are solutions. But we’ve been through it before. Senior management “always” says no to the real solution. So we offer PPE. The least effective hazard control on the hierarchy of controls. The “safe” option. The option least likely to cause a production slowdown and the most likely to be accepted by management.

Don’t resign yourself to always sell cars (or PPE) for $8,500.

Start at the top.

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