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Safety Ain’t Number One

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Safety isn’t number one!  If safety is number one, how do you explain the fact that I haven’t got a single request for training during the entire COVID-19 pandemic?  This isn’t a surprise, as I’ve always believed that making money is truly the number one priority of any business.  Now before you think I’ve completely lost my mind, let me explain by making this statement.  “Safety may not be number one, but without an effective safety program, number one will always suffer.”

Case in Point: During the C19 pandemic, the construction industry was one of a few industries determined to be essential to keep our economy going.  Economy = Money.  However, a critical part of that equation was the implementation of the CDC guidelines.  In other words, to make this nation’s number one priority happen, we had to implement an effective safety program.  

Mike Rowe, from the TV show Dirty Jobs, said it best during a Ted Talk.

The entire twenty-minute talk is worth listening to, but you can hear his position on OSHA and safety at the 13:40 minute mark.

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