Be safe, my mate


When we wake up in the morning, we are probably in one of the safest place’s life can offer – our bed. The reason for this is that we have not started moving around yet. The minute a human being starts getting on the move, we are placing ourselves at risk. From the shower or slippery bath to car, bus or taxi, right down into the mining pit next to the 90-ton excavator.

We can either stay in bed and not eat, or earn and enjoy life, or we can get up with an attitude of care, sensibility and reason. It is always so easy to look at near misses, incidents and even accidents and suggest that someone else was to blame. Sadly, humans are involved in most all of these events – they are avoidable!

Haste at times and our familiarity and over confidence leads us to believe that “it will not happen to me”, or “not on my watch”.  These are often last words spoken by people who are oblivious to their surroundings or how their very actions could cause harm or even death.

It is important for us to recognise the reality of how easy it is for humans to forget one’s safety and safety of those around us. As individuals, we are vigilant when it comes to protecting our family and or pets. We will fight hard and stand firm in the face of danger. Why should it be any different when we wake up every morning and come to work? We have this great responsibility of making sure we return home safely.

At Burma Plant Hire, safety is our number one priority. Regular toolbox talks are conducted with our teams at all our sites to act as a constant reminder and to reinforce that safety is our primary concern. Accurate reporting of incidents and accidents document the facts and helps the company to continue uplifting our safety standards.

Francois Harding, HSE Manager, says: “Safety is the responsibility of each individual and starts at home as well. Each team leader at every one of our sites has ensured that the SHEQ Golden Rules are clearly displayed in the workshop at all times, for ease of reference to our important safety rules. They also ensure that our teams on the ground are trained well and that they have a good understanding of the Golden Rules of Safety.”

Be sensible, be caring, and act with reason and responsibility.

“Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands.” – Jeff Cooper


Mylene Paynter