It Was Then That I Realized... - 12/09/2019

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Monday, December 9, 2019


It Was Then That I Realized...

In the past few weeks I’ve had an opportunity to see just how much we take things for granted, specifically our ability to get around and live our everyday lives.

It started a few weeks back when my wife had total knee replacement.

When she first came home and made that first trip from the car into the house, I realized a normal 30 second walk had turned into a few minutes or more.A trip from a chair that would take about another 30 seconds also took a few minutes.

Then as many of you know from last weeks Quick-Tip on Thanksgiving Day I experienced a fall that left my ribs feeling a little banged, making those normal everyday movements a bit more challenging.

It was then that I realized once again just how much we take things for granted.

And since at least half of this situation was caused by an accident I felt it would be a good time to remind others how much a workplace accident that ends with an injury can affect your everyday life.

That is when I realized I had done just that about 10 years ago in one of our earlier Safety E-QuickTips.

It went like this.

I have a friend that decided to go back to college a little later in life than most of us would even consider. While we were talking on the phone one day, she mentioned that as part of a class assignment, she was going to spend a few hours in a wheel chair shopping at the mall and write a paper about her experience.

A few weeks later I asked her how the wheel chair assignment had gone. She described her experience in great detail, but I'll try to just hit on a few of the highlights.

She began by saying she never could have realized just how difficult it was going to be getting around in a wheel chair, let alone going shopping. Getting though doorways, down aisles, maneuvering around people - it was a nightmare! And trying to do something as simple as using the restroom? That was next to impossible.

When the wheel chair portion of the assignment was over, she said she had never been so happy to get out of the wheel chair and walk on her own two feet. It made her realize that sometimes we take things for granted.

Often when we talk about safety, we talk about the process of working safely and spend little or no time talking about consequences if an accident were to occur. When we consider the possibility of not being able to walk, see, hear, or tie our own shoes, we may better understand the value of safe working processes.

So please make workplace safety this Holiday Season and in the year to come a priority-I can tell you first hand, it’s in your best interest.

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Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

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