I waited until the coldest weekend to put lights up on our house. As I stood on the ladder, I kept looking at my neighbors’ lights on their houses, thinking about my chores list, and attaching light clips to the house. I was definitely distracted. After I dropped my third or fourth clip, I realized that I needed to stop letting my mind wander and focus on the task at hand.
While dropping light clips is not a serious or permanent result for letting my mind wander, I held myself accountable still for not properly approaching this task with the right safety mindset. I realized that by not being mindful of my task I was making myself vulnerable to potential accidents, such as setting up my ladder in an unsafe position or falling off my ladder.
Being mindful is the act of being in the present. Mindfulness is pushing beyond any distractions and purposely be in the moment. The practice of mindfulness in our jobs, especially related to safety, can help employees be in the moment and focus. By focusing on tasks, this allows us to see potential issues before beginning the task or to react faster if something goes wrong.
SafetyPro Resources posted an article, “Avoid Safety Complacency Through Mindfulness,” by Lance Roux includes information about mindfulness in the workplace. Another article about mindfulness and worker safety by Meagan Parrish can be found on Chem.Info, “Mind Tricks: How Mindfulness Sessions Can Boost Worker Safety.”