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

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