It Wasn’t Safe To Ask About Safety

, , , , , | Working | February 21, 2018

(We do industrial maintenance. It’s hard work, and it can be dangerous, so it doesn’t quite appeal to the best and brightest people. Often you have to get on with the human material that’s at hand and rely on their common sense. This story is reported to me from a project manager.)

Project Manager: “I spent the morning on the phone talking to [Foreman]. They were working in a confined space and left [Worker] out as their monitor. After a while, [Worker] realized he didn’t have a clue what to do in case of an emergency, so he up and went to where [Different Company] was working and asked them what he ought to do. They alerted [Customer]’s safety officers. They tore [Foreman] a new one. Then, they called me and tore me a new one, too, and [Worker] is still wondering what he did wrong. We’ve been complaining for years that he ought to pay more attention to safety.”

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