I wanted to go over the near misses part of the last post because I am surprised that no one really paid attention to it. I guess I should shorten theses posts, so this is short and sweet.
Did you ever have a near miss that you want to share with other workers but didn’t because you thought you would get in trouble or thought it would make you look bad? Well here is your chance to get it off your chest. Send me an email or post it to the comments below and I will put the stories together and send them out without your name attached. I am looking for a moment when something happened that could have been really bad, but turned out OK so you didn’t tell anyone. For more information go to the last post at https://wade4wireless.com/2014/08/06/trucks-ropes-heat-and-near-misses/ and go to the end of the post. I would really like you to share those stories with me. Let me know! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave the information below. Or call and leave a message at my Google voice mail at 510-516-4283.
FYI, Kelly Hill of RCR asked me about the new OSHA directive.
From the previous post!
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Finally, the near misses conversation. I was reading the post of my friend Kevin Carter, seen HERE about how no one reports near misses. Go ahead and read his article, then come back if it’s easier. Basically Kevin talks about how tower workers, rarely, if ever, report near misses when no one gets hurt. Why would they, after all, no one got hurt. Well, maybe this is how we learn. The problem is that in any company you get penalized for the accident regardless if someone gets hurt or not. Safety is better than it’s ever been, and yet this year and last year are the worst ever for deaths! Did you read that? The worst for death rate in the tower industry. So what can we do? Well, I think I have an answer, If you have a story you would like to tall, I can do 2 things. I can write about it, keeping your name confidential, I could record it, but I won’t disguise your voice, or you can email me and let me know what it is. I would like to put a collection of stories together for a post, but only if you want to talk about them.
Sharing near misses in this industry is a lesson for future workers. I think it would be valuable content that should be shared with everyone. However, I know it’s embarrassing or it may be your job. So I think if you would share, I will print it and keep your name, company, and location out of the article. My information is below. I know that you probably don’t want to do this, but it really is a responsibility to share the lessons learned. So if you share a story, then make sure you share what you did wrong and what you did next time to make it right. Got it?
I understand why workers don’t like to report things like this, because the safety manager would want to shut the job down, do drug testing, and make everyone write-up an accident report. That hurts the schedule, creates delays, and is a real inconvenience. I get it, just make a note and the crew on site knows not to do something like that again. That is where the mentoring program comes in handy because the experienced climber can share the story with the newer climber. If you are new, don’t judge, listen and learn.
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