Very recently, I noticed a firefighter at our local station trimming the weeds at the firehouse. He was quite proficient with that weed whacker and there was, er, stuff flying everywhere — I could see it all around him and his head. But what really struck me were the flip flops and not even a sunglass lens to protect his eyes on that sunny day. What’s wrong with this picture?
Here’s a guy whose job it is to provide for the safety of the community, ignoring basic safety precautions when it comes to himself. I don’t mean to overdramatize, but any of those flying particles could have found its way into his eye.
It’s easy for anyone to just let it slide and I’m not immune by any means. Maybe it’s just a quick job, maybe the weather conditions make it unpleasant, or maybe you just forget occasionally. In our business, though, there’s too much at stake. We work with giant power tools, electricity, and tall equipment. Lots of things can happen, in the blink of an eye.
Never lose sight of the safety precautions that keep you in business and alive. You’re too important for that.