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Dragons in the sky… Your six safety stories!

By Matt King

Saint George and the Dragon by Raphael

There’s a great quote from G.K. Chesterton. He says, “Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”

While Chesterton may be talking about fairy tales, his quote is also perfect for the battle or fight for safety. In today’s safety stories, or any safety story, we hear of people who went to work and were injured. Some of these injuries are fatal, but there are others over which people triumph. They prevail, like knights battling a dragon. Hopefully, the stories we share here aren’t just fairy tales to you (as true as they may be); hopefully, you can take the truth of these stories to heart, that danger does exist, but that it can be beaten through preparation, training and simply trusting your gut.

And now, your six safety stories…

  • Living to see tomorrow… David Poletz recently wrote a book about his own workplace injury. Poletz, a burn victim, is sharing his harrowing story in hopes of spreading awareness of the importance of workplace safety and helping those who suffer.
  • The ring of fire… With the summer comes dry weather and often fire – but sometimes fire can come in the most unexpected places and it is good to always be prepared. News Olio offers some effective ways to protect yourself from fire and/or smoke inhalation.
  • We need your help! Okay, so this is just a blog post we did, but this week, we announced a contest to name our superhero. That’s right, Mark Sherman needs a superhero name, and you can help! Enter our contest and you could win an iPad 2. For real.
  • Keeping your eyes open, sometimes… Being conscious of eye safety isn’t only relevant to trades jobs. According to the Chilliwack Times, 9 out of 10 people suffer from what’s called computer vision syndrome, a temporary condition caused by focusing your eyes on a computer monitor for a long period of time. The newspaper gives a rundown of some ways to reduce your risk.
  • Remembering… A 26-year-old Pittsburgh construction worker died this week while working in a building basement. The worker came into contact with a transformer and was electrocuted, putting the man into cardiac arrest. Police and Occupational Safety and Health officials are investigating.
  • In memoriam… A 22-year-old man from Carberry, Manitoba was killed Thursday. He was working in a metal fabrication shop when the material on which he was working collapsed. Police and Manitoba Workplace Health and Safety are investigating.

As always, even when fighting dragons, work smart, work safe.

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