It’s happened to all of us – that small voice giving us a warning, or that sickening feeling in the pit of our stomach that something isn’t right. We call that voice or feeling a “Pinch,” and it is one of the key Tools of Error Prevention.
Unfortunately, most of us are surprisingly good at ignoring a Pinch. We sit there with our stomach churning while we continue on our present path, even though after an incident or accident, often someone will admit say they weren’t comfortable, or even,
“I knew that was going to happen!”
The solution is first to recognize that you’re feeling a Pinch, and then do something about it. The best way to do this is to say something out loud, even if you’re by yourself.
It’s amazing how long an employee will follow a procedure while thinking, “This doesn’t make sense. Something must be wrong here.”
However, if he or she actually says out loud, “Something isn’t right here,” they will then be more likely to take appropriate action.