No One Went Home Early That Holiday - 11/25/2013

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U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.

Monday, November 25, 2013


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No One Went Home Early That Holiday


With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it is truly the beginning of the Holiday Season. This is the time of year where everyone puts a little more emphasis on spending time with family and friends and rightfully so, it is the Holiday Season.

This is also one of those times of year where you might find yourself considering cutting a few corners to make sure you get your work done a little early or just to make sure you don't have to work over and miss any of the holiday festivities. In one of my previous Safety E-QuickTips a few years back, I told a story about a foreman who did just that and I have to say . . . well let me just tell the story again and you'll understand.

Although this is a true story, I will not be using any real names. I'll just call the foreman, Jack and the two workers ,Larry and Bill. It took place on a day before a holiday and everyone, including Jack, wanted to get on the road as early as possible because home was in another state. They just had a few things left to do and one of them happened to be rigging an item that had to be lowered to the ground.

These men had worked together for some time and each of them was experienced at what they did. As they were rigging the piece to lower it to the ground, Jack decided they would rig it a little differently than normal because it would save time and get them on the road earlier.

Larry and Bill both disagreed with the procedure because it eliminated one of the safeguards that would be in place if things didn't go just right. They had never done it like that. Jack said he had done it this way before and had never had a problem, so they proceeded just the way he said.

When it came time to lower the item, Larry and Bill were up above 200 feet and Jack was below about half way down with a radio to let them know how it was going.

By now you're probably getting a good idea of what happened next. As the item was being disconnected to lower, the load shifted and it caused the rigging to malfunction and the unit let loose and plunged 200 feet to the ground. On its way down the load took Jack with it. Everything happened so fast that all Larry and Bill could do is watch as it took place.

Needless to say, no one went home early that holiday.

From everyone at U.S. Compliance Systems, have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

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