Why are some People Accident Prone?
A while ago, I connected with an old friend and when I mentioned I was writing a book on safety communication, he laughed and told me how clumsy he was and how he hurt himself all the time.
He reminded me of a person I used to work with who was so unsafe, it was scary (an ex-electrician who liked to pull out the power plug of equipment half out, so that it was dangling in the socket with the connectors exposed). He was also constantly injuring himself.
Interestingly, both these men are of quite a negative disposition. While cheery on the outside, all you have to do is read their Facebook comments and see a constant theme of relationship issues, health issues and just general complaints about life. Fear permeates their existence.
According to a 2006 WHO Collaborative Centre French Study, around 27% of workers are more likely to experience more injuries than the average person.
So what makes some people more accident prone?
In the book, The Divine Matrix, Gregg Braden, a former computer systems designer discusses that there are three main fears that hold us back subconsciously in life.
The one that interests me from a safety perspective is the universal fear of surrender and trust.
Often, those who have a fear of being able to surrender and trust end up with relationship and health issues because of their fear of trust and feeling safe.
As Greg Braden says in The Divine Matrix, we have to break the cycle of our thinking. Of course, changing how we see ourselves is a life’s work and it’s hard. We all struggle with who we believe we are.
If you’re a business leader and you know you have certain staff that hurt themselves a lot, you can help support your workers who essentially have a fear of safety by:
- Letting these people know how much you care about their safety and follow up with them a lot to see how they’re going.
- Ensuring that you have a robust safety system and that you continually replace out of date safety equipment.
- Being strict about keeping a clean workplace (clean site = a safe site).
- Creating small collaborative teams and rewarding teamwork.
- Providing staff access to a workplace psychologist, suggesting that team members that hurt themselves often, receive counselling to understand their fear of surrender and trust………….
……………Remember, our outer world mirrors our inner world. By providing a safe workplace environment and counselling that helps the perpetually injured understand themselves better, you will create a safer, happier workplace. All they need is awarrness and acceptance of what they are doing subconsciously and they will start to become less accident prone.
Do you know anyone who is accident prone?
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