idverde’s Head of Assets and Fleet, Angus Lindsay, ponders what has happened to common sense when operating equipment
During a recent conversation with a much- respected dealer principal, I was reminded of the passing of our old friend Common Sense, whose wisdom nowadays seems to be long forgotten. Never one to make a song and dance about things, Common Sense lived by simple, sound principles such as “don’t spend what you can’t afford”, “don’t stick your finger in there and if it says ‘hot’, there’s every chance you’ll get burnt!”
The loss of this much-admired compatriot seems to have been highlighted over the last 12 months by articles in the press and in HSE alerts whereby injuries have been sustained by not following basic instructions or, more worryingly, by taking unnecessary risks. We work in an industry where physical exertion is part of the daily routine. Operating machinery which has all manner of spinning, cutting, chopping, shredding, digging and chipping attachments requires skill, and care needs to be taken to avoid hurting ourselves or others.