The Road Less Traveled
TAKING SHORTCUTS IS A COMMON PRACTICE
Everyone takes a shortcut at one time or another. Kids jump the fence instead of using the gate. People use goat trails to the lunch trailer on the construction site, pedestrians cross streets between intersections. In many cases, a shortcut involves DANGER.
BREAK THE HABIT
If you have the habit of taking dangerous shortcuts, please break it now before it is too late. In our work it can be deadly. An iron worker who tried to cross an opening by swinging on reinforcing rods slipped and fell 20′ onto a concrete floor. If he had taken a few moments to walk around the opening, he’d still be tying rods. Rushing to accomplish many things at a time is a form shortcut.
AVOID DANGEROUS SITUATIONS
If you are asked to go to a particular work area, the Company expects you to take the safe route, not the shorter, more hazardous one. The Company, however, can’t be a guardian angel sitting on your shoulder. Avoiding dangerous shortcuts is up to you. And it’s your responsibility to warn anyone else you see taking them.
WHAT IF THERE’S NO SAFE WAY TO GET THERE?
Let the Safety Department know. And they’ll see that the necessary means of access is provided.
SHORTCUTS ARE MORE DANGEROUS AT HEIGHTS
Even though the job may take but a few minutes, don’t climb on false work or an improvised platform. Use the ladder or scaffold. And don’t go from one elevation to another by climbing a column or sliding down the staircases. Ladders, steps, and walkways are built to save your neck as well as for your convenience. Please use them.
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