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Welcome to the Web'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


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


Accident prevention is first aid to the uninjured. ~Author unknown, c.1906–1910


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


Streets were not intended for playgrounds. ~"Preventgrams," Buffalo Department of Health Sanitary Bulletin, 1916


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. —tg]


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


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


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


Among the many accomplishments of the Ninth Annual Safety Congress is the solution of the mystery concerning the origin of the expression "Safety First." For years all sorts of theories regarding the origin of this expression have been advanced, but none of the clues when finally run down led to any one who would confess authorship of the expression... According to Walter Greenwood of the Carnegie Steel Company, it is Robert J. Young of the Illinois Steel Company. They are now trying to change it to "Safety Always." When confronted with this charge at the recent Congress in Milwaukee, R.J. blushingly pleaded guilty, and so revealed to the world that the father of the safety movement is also the parent of "Safety First" — without a doubt the most popular slogan ever devised for any purpose. ~National Safety News, 1920


"Safety First" is "Safety Always." ~Saying, c.1915


Safety always, always safety. ~Saying, c.1913


The A B C of Safety First is: "Always Be Careful." ~"Preventgrams," Buffalo Department of Health Sanitary Bulletin, 1916


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, 1918


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


'The
purpose you undertake is dangerous;' — why, that's
certain: 'tis dangerous to take a cold, to sleep, to
drink; but I tell you, my lord fool, out of this
nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety...
~William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, c.1597  [II, 3, Hotspur — Henry Percy]


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


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 —tg]


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.
~Horace (65–8 BCE), a metrical translation into English by Lord Lytton, 1869


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 —tg]


Accidents do not happen — they are caused. ~"Preventgrams," Buffalo Department of Health Sanitary Bulletin, 1916


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


Chance takers are accident makers. ~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


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


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


I don't believe in climbing ladders after your bones begin to get brittle. I am very good at falling down our steep, 200-year-old stairs without hurting myself, and frequently do. But I see no point in challenging your luck, and I am not going to fall off a ladder, ever. The only way I know of to make absolutely sure of that is not to get on one. ~Ruth Stout, "If You Have Tears," How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back, 1955


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


During the Middle Ages, probably one of the biggest mistakes was not putting on your armor because you were "just going down to the corner." ~Jack Handey, Deepest Thoughts: So Deep They Squeak, 1994, deepthoughtsbyjackhandey.com


Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety. ~Proverb


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, 1937


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... ~Marlen E. Pew, 1935


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


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


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


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


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


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


Be alert! Accidents hurt. ~Author unknown


Accidents hurt — safety doesn't. ~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


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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