Why Is It That These 2 Stories...Ended So Differently For One Than The Other? - 11/24/2014
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, Nov 24, 2014
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Why Is It That These 2 Stories...Ended So Differently For One Than The Other?
A few weeks ago I was watching the news and a story came on about window washers hanging from The World Trade Tower One Building in New York City and the rescue that took place. It was quite a story.
You could see the scaffolding hanging at an angle on the side of the building with the men on it while the fire department worked to get to them. They said the rescue took a little longer than normal because of how difficult it was to break through the special glass in the windows.
But in the end, the men were rescued and with no life threatening injuries, they were able to go home at the end of the day.
Then my wife reads a story to me out of the paper the other night about a window washer who fell 11 stories from a building in California and landed on a moving car. Apparently the car broke his fall because at the time the story was written, the individual was in critical condition.
This man did not go home at the end of the day.
Why is it that these 2 stories involving men performing the same work ended so differently for one than the other?
It's simple. Two of the men were wearing fall protection that prevented them from being seriously injured when the accident took place, while the other was not.
It's a fact - life threatening accidents do happen but not all end with someone being seriously injured or even killed.
Some are wearing the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help prevent injury when the accident takes place while others are not.
Do your part this week to protect yourself from an unforeseen accident. Make sure you wear the necessary Personal Protective Equipment to keep you safe. Also make sure you check that equipment before each use to ensure that it is not defective in any way.
And if you're in management, make sure your employees are provided the necessary Personal Protective Equipment and make sure they use it.
Please do your part to help ensure at the end of the day everyone goes home in the same physical condition they came in to work.
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