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Quotations about Safety

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Welcome to the internet's first page of quotations dedicated to safety. You can use these for Safety Week and for every day of the year, at work or at home. See also my Drive Safely page for more quotes. Be careful out there — the world's a crazy place! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g

One earnest worker can do more by personal suggestion to prevent accidents than a carload of safety signs. ~Making Paper, January 1923, edited by E.R. Brown

Safety saves sickness, suffering, sadness. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Practice "Safety First" to-day: It may be too late to-morrow. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Do not depend on others for safety — Help yourself. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Every accident is a notice that something is wrong with men, methods, or material — investigate — then act. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Safety brings first aid to the uninjured. ~F.S. Hughes, c.1912

Your body is a big part of your capital: don't invest it in the "Bank of Careless Habits." ~State Safety News, September 1916, published by the University of Arizona Bureau of Mines

You don't need to know the whole alphabet of Safety. The a, b, c of it will save you if you follow it: Always Be Careful. ~Colorado School of Mines Magazine, Golden, Colorado, August 1918

Do not think because an accident hasn't happened to you that it can't happen. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Put your soul into your work, not your hand or foot. ~State Safety News, September 1916, published by the University of Arizona Bureau of Mines

Accidents are some one's fault. Don't let them be yours. ~Gary Works Circle by Illinois Steel Company, 1916 [Alternate: "Accidents are someone's fault. Be careful and they'll not be yours!" Also early 1900s. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

The motive power of the safety-first movement is a realization of the fact that lives and limbs need not be sacrificed to any desired result... ~The Anode by the Bureau of Safety of the Anaconda Copper Mining Co., March 1917

Cultivate a habit of caution. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Carefulness costs you nothing. Carelessness may cost you your life. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

It is as much your duty to be careful and comply with safety rules as it is to properly perform your work. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s

Don't kid about Safety; you may be the goat. ~Gary Works Circle by Illinois Steel Company, 1916

When you say "accident" perhaps you mean "crime." ~Colorado School of Mines Magazine, Golden, Colorado, August 1918

[O]ut of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety. ~William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I

For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~Eleanor Everet

Better a thousand times careful than once dead. ~Proverb

Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy. ~Author unknown

"Safety First" is "Safety Always." ~Charles M. Hayes

Safety doesn't happen by accident. ~Standard Oil Company of California, San Jose Evening News, 1941 April 15th  [A similar phrase "accidents don't happen by accident" has been in use since at least 1948 (Collier's). Later, the U.S. National Safety Council used "accidents do not happen by accident," circa 1965. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Don't learn safety by accident. ~Saying, circa 1949  [This was part of the title of a Henry J. Hintermeister reproduction of a painting ("Tragedy's playground. Don't learn safety by accident.") © The Kemper-Thomas Co., 1949 December 5th, but I'm not certain if he is author of the phrase. "Do not learn safety by accident" was the motto of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, circa 1951. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it. ~Dudley Moore

Tupac was one of the biggest thugs I know, and he always wore his seat belt. ~Ice Cube  [said to Kevin Hart, during a Conan O'Brien ride-along with student driver Diana Liang-Mei Chang, airdate 2016 January 5th —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

In the field of human relations nothing is so important as safety, for safety applies with equal force to the individual, to the family, to the employer, to the country. Safety in its widest sense, concerns the happiness, contentment and freedom of everyone. There is no mystery in safety. The important thing is to think a situation through and then apply common sense. ~Bill Jeffers, 1945

Precaution is better than cure. ~Edward Coke

As soon as you see a mistake and don't fix it, it becomes your mistake. ~Author unknown

The greatest asset of America today is not its fertile fields, its rich ores, its completely equipped factories or its millions in currency. The greatest asset in America is the American people. The greatest possible field for economy is not in saving materials but in promoting the safety of our people. The future of the safety movement is not so much dependent upon the invention of safety devices as on the improvement of methods of educating people to the ideal of caution and safety. ~Walter Dill Scott, letter to the National Safety Council, 1921

A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it. ~Curtis Billings

Who can hope to be safe? who sufficiently cautious?
Guard himself as he may, every moment's an ambush.

...I've run a temperature in at least two hospitals and I also met up with quite a few legless, armless and otherwise badly messed up folks. There's a whole lot of mighty serious accident contemplation going on in our hospitals. My observations have taught me that it is much better to think about accidents before they happen than to brood on them afterward. Take it from an old campaigner, the best kind of hospital bed is the one that is permanently empty. And personally, I'd rather be late for dinner tonight here than to be on time for breakfast in the next world in the morning. Haste makes waste of a lot of good human material. ~Irvin S. Cobb (1876–1944)  [highway safety editorial for the National Safety Council, c.1930 —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Accidents, and particularly street and highway accidents, do not happen — they are caused. ~Ernest Greenwood

Prepare and prevent, don't repair and repent. ~Author unknown

Chance takers are accident makers. ~Author unknown

It is my sincere wish — and hope — that the day will come in the not far distant future — when the protecting arms of Universal Safety will spread out over all industry and reach directly the millions of workers who make industry possible. ~Charles M. Schwab, "New Values in Industry," 1929

Hug your kids at home, but belt them in the car. ~Author unknown

It's better to crash into a nap than to nap into a crash. ~Author unknown

Safety work is today recognized as an economic necessity. It is the study of the right way to do things. ~Robert W. Campbell, 1914, address at the Third National Safety Council Congress & Expo

Luck runs out but safety is good for life. ~Author unknown

There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else. ~James Thurber

Accidents hurt — safety doesn't. ~Author unknown

Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it. ~Author unknown

The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense. ~Author unknown

Working without safety is a dead-end job. ~Author unknown

Know safety, no injury. No safety, know injury. ~Author unknown

Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety. ~Henry H. Tweedy

We now have unshakable conviction that accident causes are man-made and that a man-made problem can be solved by men and women. ~W.H. Cameron

Carelessness doesn't bounce; it shatters. ~Terri Guillemets

Safety never takes a holiday. ~Author unknown

Danger never takes a vacation. ~Author unknown

When you gamble with safety, you bet your life. ~Author unknown

Recklessness is a species of crime and should be so regarded on our streets and highways. ~Marlen E. Pew

If safety is a joke, then death is the punchline. ~Paul Laforest

Is better to lose one minute in life than to lose life in a minute. ~Author unknown

While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work. ~Author unknown

Hearing protection is a sound investment. ~Author unknown

To learn about eye protection, ask someone who has one. ~Author unknown

Safety glasses: making foresight 20/20. ~Author unknown

Your safety gears are between your ears. ~Author unknown

Broken tools can be replaced. You can't. ~Author unknown

Personal protective equipment is self-defense. ~Author unknown

Tomorrow: your reward for working safely today. ~Attributed to Robert Pelton

Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches. ~Author unknown

If you mess up, 'fess up. ~Author unknown

Road sense is the offspring of courtesy and the parent of safety. ~Australian traffic rule, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren, 1938

Safety isn't expensive, its priceless. ~Author unknown

Be alert! Accidents hurt. ~Author unknown

Alert today, alive tomorrow. ~Author unknown

Better dead sure than sure dead. ~Author unknown

If you don't think it's safe, it probably isn't. ~Author unknown

When safety is a factor, call in a contractor. ~Author unknown

Wishing won't keep you safe — safety will. ~Author unknown

Working safely is like breathing — if you don't, you die. ~Author unknown

The safest risk is the one you didn't take. ~Author unknown

Safety isn't just a slogan, it's a way of life. ~Author unknown

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