Breaking the Habit of Complacency


By: Mathew Bascle


Are we not creatures of habit? We all create good and bad habits over time. Complacency is when habits become so second nature to us that we do them without thinking.

Let’s take a moment and look at what complacency on the job site looks like:

• When making rounds, do you always follow the same path?

• When operating machinery, do you take the same steps each time?

• Do you perform a 360 walk-around before entering a vehicle?

Take time and think about tasks you complete every day. Ask yourself, “Do I try to look at each task with a new perspective? Is there a difference on how I approach a new task versus how I approach one I know well?” Let’s break the habit, and approach every task like it’s a new one!


  • Stop and think about a potential new hazard you can identify within this process?
  • Always discuss new hazards identified with team members and include it in the JSEA.
  • Never overlook what you think is a small detail as it could be complacency turning a blind eye.
  • Never take shortcuts to “get the job done”. Trying to save a second could cost you a lifetime.
  • Never assume that it is the correct way to do it just because it has always been done that way.

Use STOP WORK AUTHORITY if you observe any potential hazards in the work area or feel unsafe in the task being performed.


Mathew Bascle

Mathew H. Bascle joined Danos in January 2019 as a production operator. In January 2020 he transitioned to the safety team as HSE safety specialist. Previously, Mathew worked in the Gulf of Mexico as a production operator, and he has been in the oil and gas industry since 2001. He and his wife serve as youth pastors at their home church, and he is the father of four amazing children.


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