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The motivational triad

Understand how the Motivational Triad dictates everything we do, including safety on the shop floor.

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Written by: Don Hossli

Workers know when a task is dangerous and they try to be careful, but it comes down to the law of averages. If enough risks are taken often enough without negative consequences, depending upon the culture of the shop floor, the risks taken may become the norm. But at some point, the law of averages catches up and injuries will occur.

A safety program should consider the Motivational Triad

  1. The desire for reward
  2. The avoidance of pain
  3. The conservation of energy

Reviewing and measuring the system against the triad will help the safety program perform at its optimal level.

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