Every day, NPPD encourages its employees to “Choose to Be Safe.” Safety is such an important part of our business that it is part of our mission statement. Safety is so important that many tasks around the District don’t even start until a safety briefing has been completed.
If you work in an office like me, though, your biggest safety concern might be that you will bleed to death from a massive paper cut. There are real office hazards like falling down the stairs or slipping on ice in the parking lot—things I mention completely randomly, by the way, and not because they have happened to me—but most of us would admit that it is easy to become lazy about safety when it is not an essential part of our jobs.
So how do we motivate ourselves to be vigilant about safety, regardless of where we work? Maybe we need a new viewpoint.
In this photo, some of our transmission colleagues from Kearney are suspended more than 100 feet off the ground in a tiny spacer buggy, changing out spacers on a 345KV line. (Those of you with a fear of heights can thank me later for not providing the photo of the view looking DOWN from the buggy.) The colleagues in the photo perform valuable work for NPPD, like we all do, but there is not one second during their jobs that they can afford not to care about safety.
Because they can do their job safely, isn’t it the least we can do to make sure we do our jobs safely? To make sure that we avoid falling down the stairs, avoid slipping on the ice, and avoid that nasty paper cut? To walk a safety circle around our vehicle before backing out of the parking lot? To make sure we get home safely to our families? To remember that regardless of where we work, safety is our #1 job?
Until next time, take care and be safe.