Monday, September 6, 2010

Workplace Safety, The Amazing Race, and Full Metal Jacket all in one 16P post!

(Note from Katie:  in honor of Labor Day, here's a work-related post for ye.)

Our weekly tailgate safety meetings are actually bi-weekly, and don't take place around the tailgate of a pickup truck anymore. Ain't it nice being an office engineer? Well, really it's a choice between two tasks, each with its own pros and cons...

Anycrap, (bi-)weekly tailgate safety meeting this morning. Good topic. Here's an excerpt from the handout.
passage from Why Take a Chance?, emphasis mine
Do you always work safely? Are you 100% committed to the safety of yourself, your coworkers, friends, and family? Are there times when your commitment to safety is not as strong as it should be? Have you been taking risks and getting away with it? Don't expect your luck to hold. No one ever plans an accident. An accident, by definition, is an unplanned event. No one wakes up in the morning and drives to work thinking, "I will have an accident today so I'd better buckle up." No one ever climbs to the very top of a ladder and knows for sure they won't fall. That's why it's so important to have a personal commitment to safety; a commitment to do the right things to prevent an accident--or minimize the damage done in case an accident does occur.

What is gained by taking a chance? Think about a time when you've risked your personal safety. Have you ever bypassed lockout-tagout procedures? Have you ever driven a car after you had too much to drink? Have you failed to use fall-protection equipment because it was just too much trouble? What did you gain in that situation? A minute of time, an ounce of convenience? Now honestly ask yourself if those gains were worth it. Is a little bit of time or convenience really worth chancing electrocution, a car accident, or a bad fall? Don't sacrifice your healthy future by taking a chance. Every time you're tempted to take a chance with your safety ask yourself if it's really worth the risk. Your family and friends will thank you for making the right decision.

And really, what kind of sick assholes don't put two spaces after each sentence? Check out the page and see for yourself...

Anyway, I read the lines bolded above and I thought to myself, "Yeah, I have taken a safety shortcut every now and then. We were in a rush, or shortstaffed. It was an unnecessary risk, sure, but I thought about it, seemed OK w/the risk. But what would be worth the safety risk? What juice would be worth the squeeze?

Well, at least they died for a good cause.

What cause was that?


Flush out your head gear, new guy. You think we
waste gooks for freedom? This is a slaughter.
If I'm gonna get my balls blown off for a word, my word is poontang.

A good a word as any, if you ask me. Please take note, 16Peons: Let's stay safe out there.

Katie Greene, Vice President of Public Relations, Expresso Parking


  1. 2005 was a crazy, crazy time on the internets...

  2. showing my support. keep up the good posts

  3. full metal jacket was off the hook

  4. keep it real

  5. i need to poop

    check it

  6. supportin!

  7. I don't need to know about workplace safety- I don't HAVE a workplace B)

  8. Well, the safety thing does make some good points, but it still is just... bleh. It is worth taking the trouble to not die though, haha.

  9. i'm in your site givin you a favor! pls return it! :3

  10. I just learned something new today... thanks!

  11. good to see you're beating inertia today!

  12. Out Rounding :)