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A Message About Teamwork

A Monumental Task

Did you know that the four huge statues of presidents carved out of granite at Mt. Rushmore took 14 years to create and in that time, not one occupational fatality occurred?

The spectacular 60-foot-high granite faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln were blasted out of the top of a mountain that is 1,000 feet long and 400 feet high.  The project started in 1927 and was finished in 1941. The amazing monument cost less than $1 million to create and was paid for by donations and grants from Congress.

The huge monument at Mt. Rushmore grew out of the vision of one man and came into being because he insisted on superb workmanship, safe working conditions and above all, teamwork.

Guton Borglum, the talented sculptor, worked from a plaster model he created in a studio at the site.  He carefully calculated distance between key points on his model, then transferred his measurements to the face of the mountain at a ratio of 12 to 1. Borglum showed his drillers precisely where to drill the holes for carefully measured dynamite charges.  After most of the workman had gone home he blasted the excess stone into the valley below.

Even though the safety equipment was crude in those days, no one was killed on this project.  This was a considerable achievement when compared to the 11 fatalities on the Golden Gate Bridge and 14 on the Empire State Building.  The credit goes to teamwork.

Whether the project is large or small, teamwork is essential.

Communication is key.  You need to know who’s doing what job and when and how they’re doing it.  Stay aware of your coworkers and stay in touch.

Pull together.  We all depend on others to help us get the job done.  Work with your coworkers.  Let them know you’re a team and you’ll be able to count on them when you need some help. Work for the good of the whole crew.

Teamwork—Working Together For Safety

*Copyright 2002 Harkins Safety B152

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A Message About Safety, Quality and Productivity

It’s Up to Me!

“If it’s going to be, it’s up to me,” says Robert Schuller, motivational author and one of America’s most beloved ministers.  He should know.  Through faith and positive thinking, he went from preaching at a drive-in to the creation of the magnificent Crystal Cathedral.

Schuller knew all his life that he wanted to be a minister.  In 1950 he fulfilled that dream when the Reformed Church of America ordained him.

As minister of the Ivanhoe Reformed Church in Chicago, Schuller grew the congregation from 30 to 500.  But his dream was “to build a great church for God, a church that would change and save lives, a church dedicated to the creed, ‘Find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it’.”

So in 1955, with his wife and just $500 in his pocket, Dr. Schuller went to Garden Grove, California.  He rented the Orange Drive-In Theater and conducted Sunday services from the roof of the snack bar. He believed he would achieve his dream and he did. The Crystal Cathedral opened 25 years later in 1980.  With over 12,000 panes of glass and a sparkling contemporary bell tower, the Crystal Cathedral is an Orange County landmark visible for miles around-proof that Schuller’s positive thinking works.

Through positive thinking, Dr. Schuller was able to take responsibility for his life and create an ideal environment for his work.  Positive thinking has a role in safety too.  Every day on the job, we have the same opportunity to create a workplace that’s safe.  Positive thinking is really about making yourself an agent for your own safety.  When you keep safety in mind you are empowered to make all of your actions safe ones.

Leave nothing to chance when it comes to safety. Wear the protective gear that’s required for your job, read labels and SDSs, follow lock-out/tag-out procedures keep tools and equipment in good working order.  Always adhere to the safety guidelines for your particular job. If you have a question about a job or a suggestion, talk to your supervisor.

Quality and Productivity are also part of your job.  When you approach work with a positive attitude the quality of your work also improves.

When you follow safety procedures, produce quality work and use your time on-the-job efficiently you take an important positive step–one that increases safety, quality and productivity.

Safety, Quality, Productivity…

It’s Up To Me!

*Copyright 2004 Harkins Safety B184

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