As entertainment professionals, it is up to us to be sure that whatever we do, we are taking the utmost care to keep us and those around us safe. This includes our co-workers, the audience, passers-by who happen upon our location, whatever. Safety comes from education, thoughtfulness, being aware of our surroundings, and education. Did I mention education?
Learning what keeps us safe and why is paramount to our industry. We hear more and more about truss structures falling over, people falling out of lifts, fires being started by careless acts, and so much more. So many of these incidents could have been avoided if people knew more than they did about what they were working on. Accidents happed, things fail, stuff breaks. But, if someone is taught how to back up their work, and have safety protocols in place, nine times out of ten these accidents can at least be made less severe, if not avoided all together.
Whatever your craft is, learn as much as you can. Take the time to do things the right way. Work quickly and efficiently, but do it properly. Protect yourself. WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR!!! Don't work under the influence. If you don't know something, ask! And then go double-check the answer. After all, education only works if you are learning the right stuff.