Slips Trips and Falls

A Message About Accident Prevention & Housekeeping

Good As Gold

It dates back to the Byzantine Empire, but its residual effects were seen in the U.S. as recently as 1971. What is it?

It’s the gold standard, an economic policy as old as civilization itself.

Under the gold standard, the value of money is based on the value of gold. In olden days, money was gold coins, so there was only as much money in circulation as there was gold. In more modern times, paper money represented a value in gold and could be exchanged for gold upon demand.

The United States adopted the gold standard in 1873. Most other countries, including the United Kingdom, used it too. But the U.S. dropped the gold standard in 1933 after the World Wars and The Great Depression. The problem was that the gold standard prevented the U.S. government from deficit spending to finance wars. Some say the gold standard even prolonged The Great Depression because the government couldn’t expand the money supply when it needed to. In 1971 President Richard Nixon put an end to the ability to convert a dollar bill on demand into an equal value of gold.

Still, the gold standard remains controversial. Some say the U.S. should adopt it again as a way to limit federal spending. Others say the gold standard would lead to deflation and put the brakes on economic growth.

Those are the theories. But no matter which side is right, the fact is gold has always been and will always be valuable. Even so, it’s nowhere near as valuable as your safety, something no amount of gold can buy. So here are just a few ways to make sure that you stay safe all day, every day.

*Follow every safety rule and regulation. That’s like money in the bank.

*Never take risks or short cuts.

*Clean up and organize your work area every day. Make it a habit just like putting money into your savings account.

*Stay alert to potential hazards and always report unsafe conditions and near misses, so they can be corrected.

*Watch out for fire hazards.

These are just a few of the ways to work safely. There are many more. Take the time to learn all you can about safety. That knowledge is precious because you are a vital part of our team and your safety is worth everything.

In fact, it’s priceless. Always strive for zero injuries, zero accidents and zero near misses. That’s our gold standard.


*COPYRIGHT 2010 Harkins Safety (B273)


A Message About Housekeeping Safety And Family Values

Your Family Tree

If you’ve ever wondered what country your ancestors came from, what your family name means or who makes up your family tree, then you have an interest in genealogy. It’s a fascinating world filled with stories and characters, and it’s all about you! Here are a few tips to get started.

To uncover your family history, you can start by looking through your attic and basement to gather everything you can find-papers, photos, documents, family heirlooms and so on. This alone will reveal a great deal.

You can also interview your relatives, asking questions about their childhood, their jobs and their activities. A good approach is to ask a few general questions and just let the person talk. Your interest will flatter them and chances are you’ll hear spellbinding stories of eccentric characters, upstanding citizens and maybe even a few scoundrels. It’s all part of the fun because this is your story, the history of your family, a history that you and your own family are living right now.

Another way to trace your family history is to take one surname, or last name and focus your research on it. You can do searches on the Internet. You can visit the Family History Center in your city. You can find wills, birth, death and marriage records, land deeds, immigration records and all kinds of documents in local government offices, courthouses and libraries.

Once you’ve collected plenty of information, you can start building your family tree. A good way to do this is to begin listing your ancestors on a family tree chart, which you can get on the Internet or perhaps at your local library.

It’s all of value, just like your safety on the job.

As you learn more about your family history, you’ll realize the importance of your role. No one but you can play your part in the ongoing story of your family, so make it a long and happy one by always staying alert and safe on the job. Safety is a family value. Don’t work carelessly or take risks, instead think of your family and always…

*Follow all safety rules to the letter. They are there for your protection.

*Keep your work area clean. Slips, trips and falls can cause devastating injuries.

*Take responsibility to prevent fires. They injure and kill workers each year.

*Lock out and tag out. Unchecked electricity can be deadly.

These are just some smart safety strategies you can put into action today. There are many more. Why not take the time to learn them and use them? Remember, you’re doing it for you and your family. Safety is not only a company value and a personal value…


*Copyright 2006 Harkins Safety  B215




A Message About Working At Height Safety

High Fliers

This was no ordinary high-wire act. Four men standing on a wire 35 feet above the ground, linked together with shoulder bars.  Above them, another pair of men, also linked with shoulder bars. Above them, a woman standing on a chair!

This assemblage-known as the seven-person chair pyramid, would then inch its way across the high wire suspended above the circus floor. It was the most famous high-wire act in the circus.  Do you know who achieved this feat?

None other than the Flying Wallendas.

Karl Wallenda, the patriarch of this daredevil family, was born in Germany in 1905, and by age six, he was already performing in family shows. At 17 Karl began learning high-wire walking and in 1922 he started his own high-wire act.

During one performance in Akron, Ohio, in the thirties Karl and three other performers slipped.  All fell to the wire, but a local paper reported that they did it so gracefully. They seemed to be flying, thus the “Flying Wallendas” were born.

It was in 1947 when Karl Wallenda devised his seven-person chair pyramid act described above, his crowning achievement.  He performed the act successfully until 1962 when a catastrophic fall left Karl’s son paralyzed.

Daredevils may grab our attention, but there are risks. It’s a lesson you should remember when you work at height. Never become comfortable there.  Always think of your safety.

In the years following the catastrophic fall, Karl continued performing his solo “sky walks.” His most famous was a 1,200 foot walk on a high wire 700 feet above the Tallulah Falls Forge in Georgia.

But it was in 1978 when Karl, performing a sky walk in Puerto Rico, fell to his death at age 78. The cause?  Mis-connected guy ropes along the high wire.

When you work at height, don’t take risks with your behavior or equipment.  Remember…

*Use a body harness connected to a fixed anchor by a lanyard, lifeline or deceleration device.  Constantly inspect this equipment for cuts, tears, broken hooks and other problems.

*When needed, strength-tested safety nets should be used.

Working at Height?

Use Proper Fall Protection For the Job

*Copyright 2005 Harkins Safety  B200




A Message About Prevention Of Slips Trips & Falls, Ladder Safety

Three Wheel’in

Is it a car? Is it a motorcycle? Actually it’s a bit of both. One of the most popular vehicles for both families and sporting drivers, the Morgan was a revolution when it first leapt onto the automotive scene.

The Morgan Motor Company was founded in 1909. The first cars the company made were three-wheelers with two wheels in front and one in back. They were powered by motorcycle engines, with a chain driving the rear wheel and they came in two-seat and four-seat models.

Morgan’s first design, introduced at the 1911 Olympia Motor Exhibition, was a two-seater. It came with either a single-cylinder or a twin motorcycle engine, usually a British-made JAP engine.

Since the three-wheelers were classified as motorcycles by the British government, they were exempt from the tax on cars. This made them very attractive to buyers.

Could you imagine driving a three-wheeler? You might think it would be unstable compared to a four-wheeled car, but the three wheels with the two widely spaced wheels at front provided surprising stability.  It’s the same idea as maintaining three points of contact when you’re climbing up or down at work.

When you’re on a ladder, stairs, the steps of a truck or other mobile equipment-anytime you’re climbing up or down-always remember that it takes three for stability. Keep three points of contact-two feet and one hand, or two hands and one foot-with the ladder or steps. That way, you can be sure to avoid any slip and fall accidents and the sometimes serious injuries they cause. Falls from ladders and steps are some of the most common accidents. That’s too bad because they’re easy to avoid, just by keeping three points of contact.

Three points of contact- not a bad idea. It certainly served Morgan well. As their success grew, new models appeared. In 1932 Morgan introduced the F-4, which used a pressed-steel chassis and a four-cylinder Ford side-valve engine.

Even though their production ceased in 1952, Morgan three-wheelers continue to delight car fans. Low-slung Morgans with hopped-up competition engines thrill crowds at vintage car races with their speed and brilliant handling.

Let the Morgan three-wheeler remind you of the stability you gain when you keep three points of contact when climbing up or down. It’s a simple thing, but one that could spare you from a potentially serious injury. Why not get revved up about safety?



*Copyright 2006 Harkins Safety B248


A Message About Holiday Safety, Driving & Slips, Trips And Falls

A Holiday Beauty

Did you know the poinsettia, one of America’s most colorful holiday decorations, is not technically a flower? It’s a fact. The poinsettia is an unusual plant that grows wild in Central America but got its American name from the man who brought it here from Mexico around 1830.

Since the plant normally reaches full bloom during the holiday season, it has been called the “flor de pascua”-Christmas flower by Spanish-speaking people for centuries.

The plant caught the attention of J.R. Poinsett when he was serving as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. He packed several of the plants in his belongings and brought them to the United States when his tour of duty in Mexico ended.  An enthusiastic gardener and horticulturist, Dr. Poinsett planted this holiday beauty in his garden in Charleston, S.C. The plant flourished and was later named in his honor.

The colorful leaf-like fronds at the top of the poinsettia are not the petals of a flower but are called bracts. They surround a central cluster of tiny bead-like flowers. Since Dr. Poinsett introduced the plant, it has been grown in many parts of North America and changed dramatically by horticulturists. Florists now cultivate white, pink mottled and striped poinsettias. Even so the brilliant red of the first poinsettias remain the favorite.

The timeless beauty of the poinsettia can remind us of the true meaning of the holidays. But we should also remember that the season brings distractions and hazards that demand special safety precautions.

Be aware that hazards increase during the holidays. Poinsettias and other holiday decorations must be kept clear of fireplaces and other sources of heat. Check all decorative lights for signs of frayed cords or exposed wires, and be sure to turn them off before leaving the house or going to bed.

Watch for hazards that could lead to a slip, trip, fall or pinch. Use your on-the –job safety know-how at home to inspect indoor and outdoor decorations for defects. Dispose of used wrappings safely to prevent fire.

Practice safe driving. Driving can be especially dangerous during the holidays because of the extra traffic and extra hours of darkness. Always allow plenty of time for your trip, buckle up and adjust your speed for weather and traffic conditions. Never drink and drive. Keep the joy in your holiday and the spirits under control.

Just as a centuries-old-holiday decoration still fits our modern lifestyle, we need to remember that safety is always in season. Keep the beauty and joy in your holidays this year by following the time-tested rules of accident prevention.


*COPYRIGHT 2005 Harkins Safety B206




A Message About Identifying Hazards, Cuts & Lacerations, Slips, Trips & Falls

Safe Harbor

You’ve heard about the Seven Wonders of the World.  But do you know which of the Seven Wonders of the World had a practical use as well as architectural value? This structure, the first of its kind, stood for 1500 years.  It survived three earthquakes and was depicted on a Roman coin.  It outlasted all other structures except the Great Pyramid, which stands today.  Here’s the story.

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, or the Pharos Lighthouse as it was called, was both a marvel and a godsend to ancient mariners. Built in 290 B.C., it is the first recorded lighthouse and it was located on the ancient island of Pharos, founded by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. It illuminated the harbor as a signal to sailors, using fire at night and reflecting sun rays during the day.  Scientist were amazed by the lighthouse’s mirror, whose reflection could be seen over 35 miles offshore. Legend has it that the mirror was so powerful it could burn enemy ships before they reached the shore.

Architects were awed by the structure’s size.  As tall as a modern 40-story building, the Pharos Lighthouse measured 384 feet, including the foundation, making it the tallest building of its day.

But the sailors navigating the dangerous waters and flat coastline benefited most.  The lighthouse ensured their safe return to the Great Harbor.

Each of us must safely navigate around hundreds of hazards and unexpected situations every day at work, at home and on the road.  It can be demanding, but safety cannot be denied. YOU must decide to work safely-no one can make that decision for you.

Slips, trips and falls; cuts and lacerations; chemical and machine-related injuries; virtually any type of injury you can think of CAN be prevented-if we just take the time to think and act safely.

Develop a sharp, watchful eye for hazards and take steps to eliminate them, both on and off the job. Accidents, like dangerous waters are unexpected and unwanted.  Hazards can take you by surprise, but just like a ship’s captain who pilots his craft with care and skill, with planning and attention, you can identify and avoid hazards if and when they do occur.

When you take the responsibility for safety, you will reap the rewards.

Remember Safety Depends On You

*Copyright 2005 Harkins Safety     B-191




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