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Safety Matters

It’s Up to Me

I want a workplace, that's
Injury Free
And if that's going to happen,
then it's up to me.
I can't take for granted that anyone
Has done all the things that I should have done.

I must, take the time, with
each task I do,
To look for the hazards, and
think the job through.
To check the procedures and
follow them all
And reject taking shortcuts,
no matter how small.

When I walk through the workplace, I must stay alert
To watch for those things,
that could get people hurt.
And should I see a hazard, I
won't rest until,
I've corrected the problem, or
I know someone will.
I must question each unsafe
behavior I see,
And encourage all others, to
do that for me.
I will always give safety, the
best I can do.
And expect that performance of all others too.

I must always remember to let
people see That their safe behavior is
important to me.
Every act is important, no
matter how small.
For the safety of one, is the
safety of all.

We can all have a workplace
that's injury free
If we, each one, Commit to
Making It Be,
If we all do our part, and each
of us see,
If It's Going to Happen, - Then It's Up To Me!

Written By: Don Merrell

I Chose to Look The Other Way

I could have saved a life that day,
But I chose to look the other way.
It wasn't that I didn't care,
I had the time, and I was there.
But I didn't want to seem a fool,
Or argue over a safety rule.
I knew he'd done the job before,
If I spoke up, he might get sore.
The chances didn't seem that bad,
I'd done the same, He knew I had.
So I shook my head and walked on by,
He knew the risks as well as I.
He took the chance, I closed an eye,
And with that act, I let him die.
I could have saved a life that day,
But I chose to look the other way.
Now every time I see his wife,
I'll know, I should have saved his life.
That guilt is something I must bear,
But it isn't something you need share.
If you see a risk that others take,
That puts their health or life at stake.
The question asked, or thing you say,
Could help them live another day.
If you see a risk and walk away,
Then hope you never have to say,
I could have saved a life that day,
But I chose, to look the other way

Written By: Don Merrell