Safety With Barry – Been There, Done That, Got the Tee-Shirt: Experience
“Shanghai McCoy’s my name. I’ve sailed the seven seas, been around the horn, I’ve seen everything, I’ve done everything and that’s how I know.” Those are a few lines from a classic movie “Rooster Cogburn.” Now the character Shanghai is what we in the biz would call a self-proclaimed “Subject Matter Expert” (SME). His knowledge came from his experiences.
Somewhere down the line you’ve probably asked someone, how did they acquire their knowledge? Perhaps you heard, “Oh, I went to the school of Hard Knocks.” My family will tell you that I have a bit of Shanghai McCoy’s quality’s when it comes to injuries and near death experiences. They are convinced that my guardian angel has ulcers.
No April Fool’s joke here… I’ve been shot, stabbed, struck by, shocked, bit, kicked, crushed by, caught in between, entangled, burned (least favorite), fallen and launched. I have the scars to prove it so, “That’s how I know!”
So let’s consider one body part that you may have injured at home or at work. What are your experiences (Hard Knocks) with your hands and fingers? Check all that apply below, have you ever…
- Slammed your finger in a car door?
- Burned your finger touching something hot?
- Busted a knuckle turning a wrench?
- Frost bit a finger because of cold?
- Jammed a finger playing sports?
- Crushed your hand between something? Like a snow machine and a cement culvert? Check
- Lacerated a hand or finger with a knife?
- Nipped your finger by rotating a piece of equipment?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then you have a bit of Shanghai McCoy in you, too! How do you protect your hands and fingers now, after having one of those experiences?
My inner Safety Ninja (Introduced in last month’s Mallory Minute) will bet that you keep your hands and fingers away from those hazards or perhaps wear an appropriate pair of gloves. (PPE)
The key (cue Ninja noises) is to identify the hazard, before the painful experience/accident! If at work (cue more Ninja noises) point (pun intended) the potential hazard out to your supervisor, safety coordinator or call me!
Once identified, we can address the hazard to prevent those unpleasant experiences!
Stay Safe My Friends
Your Humble Servant