What Do All Three of These Men Have In Common? - 03/07/2016
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, March 7, 2016
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What Do All Three of These Men Have In Common?
Bill was just 18 years old and getting started in the construction industry. Young ready to work and, in his mind, invincible.
While in high school he had worked and played hard, pushing the limits on everything. He had plenty of those near miss situations where he was driving a bit too fast or doing something on a dare, but in the end on his worst day just a few scratches. So why should he live his work life any differently?
Ed was in his mid-forty’s with a wife and 2 children and life was good. He went to work every day putting in his 8 to 10 hours and spent the evenings and weekends with family and friends enjoying life.
He would tell stories of how he or one of his coworkers came this close to ending up in the hospital this past week because they weren’t paying attention. He’d say how this happens all the time and one of these days someone was going to get seriously hurt, but every week there was another story to tell and he told them really well.
In fact, he told them so well that his family and friends always looked forward to hearing what happened at work the previous week because his stories always kept them on the edge of their seats.
Jack had put in more than 35 years in the construction industry and he was looking forward to retirement. Just 2 weeks to go and he was going to travel and do all the things he never had time to do while he was working and raising a family.
Jack had been around and seen a lot. In fact, he had even lost a few friends to accidents over the years. Of course he had had some close calls himself, but he had never been seriously injured.
So when their safety director came to him one day and told him that he needed to put his hard hat on, Jack responded with, “I’ve been doing it this way for the past 35+ years and I’m going to retire in a couple weeks, so I think I know what is safe and what isn’t.”
Three stories, three different men at different times in their lives.
So I ask you. What do all three of these men have in common?
Well, Bill fell off a roof 24 feet to his death and never saw 19.
Ed went to work one day and never came home to tell another story.
Jack was just 2 weeks away from retirement when he fell victim to one of those accidents that he had managed to avoid for 35+ years.
So what is the moral of these three stories?
Your safety at work is nothing that you can ever, and I mean ever, take for granted.
Here’s hoping that everyone reading this week’s Safety E-QuickTip thinks about these 3 men before each day’s work and uses the information to help ensure they go home at the end of each day until retirement without having to suffer a serious injury due to a workplace accident.
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