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Process Safety Beacon: Stop! Look! Listen!


Railroad crossings that are not protected by gates or warning lights typically include signs to alert you of the potential for danger. Versions of the sign all have one thing in common — the reminder to stop, look, and listen. Only after stopping before crossing the tracks, looking in both directions for approaching trains, and listening for a train whistle can you be confident that it is safe to cross.

This is a useful axiom for working in a processing facility. Take the time to stop periodically, look around at the plant, and listen to the sounds you hear. The plant is always sending you information about its status, but are you stopping to look and listen? Here are some examples where this advice proved to be beneficial.

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