It’s Christmas Eve at the Northpole and everybody is busy and celebrating! Santa and the elves did an outstanding job of fixing all the violations which included hours of training and practice and then completing the seemingly impossible task of getting all the toys and gifts that boys and girls around the world had asked Santa for produced and loaded on the sleigh! This could only have been accomplished thanks to the great team effort of the elves.
That’s what it takes when it comes to safety at the workplace, It takes a team of dedicated workers watching each other’s backs and reminding how to properly deal with hazards. Even if the call for safety doesn’t come from the top executives you can still control what goes on in your work area. You make the decision to wear your PPE, (safety goggles, ear protection, dust mask, and bump caps. You make the decision to wear your fall protection gear, you make the decision to work on your machine without LOTO. You make the decision to inspect your forklift before using it.
It is against the law to bully or threaten an employee to commit an unsafe act. It is against the law to tamper with any kind of safety shutoff. Yes, some companies are disrespectful dumbasses and may fire you for insubordination but do you want to work for a company that doesn’t care enough about whether you live or die on the job? You do have OSHA in your corner. That’s why they have an 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA) HOTLINE.
Tomorrow is Christmas day, and around our beautiful country, as families gather and celebrate the holiday, there will be over 5,000 empty seats. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, cousins will not be there because they died in an industrial accident this year. We will miss the way they carved the ham, that special pie she made, the awful jokes Uncle told or the great laugh she had. They will be missed and the heartache will have to be relived all over again. We are all like snowflakes, no two alike. Each with our own combination of skills and talents which makes us unique. We come into this world for a short time to accomplish goals, have families, make a comfortable living. You never know if they were the one with the next cure for a disease or invention to benefit the human race.
Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read our presentation of the TopTen OSHA Violations before Christmas. The reception has greatly exceeded our expectations and that’s only because of great fans like you. Thank you. Wish you all a Happy Chanukah and a Merry Christmas.