Warning signs are there for a reason. People just as intelligent as you have been injured or killed doing the same procedure you plan on doing.
In 1848, Phineas Gage was working for the Rutland & Burlington Railroad. While at work, an explosion hurled a 3 foot, 7 inch long – and over one and a quarter inch in diameter – crowbar at him. The bar entered his left cheek and exited through the top of his head, flying another 25 yards before stopping!
We responded to a motor vehicle collision. When we arrived, we found we didn’t need the jaws of life to gain access to the injured because the right side of the car was torn open. An 8 year old boy was lying on top of his 35 year old dad. Both of them were on the floor in the back seat. Both were dead. Several days later, a police officer who had worked on the case told me more….
Several years ago I was involved in a situation for which I have to take full responsibility. I was getting ready for a night shift at the firehall. As I was walking out to the van, I slipped on some ice on the sidewalk…
There are many things that can cloud our focus on safety.
During 24 years of working in Emergency Services, the following was one of the worst broken legs I’ve ever seen. A 45 year old woman was walking at a quick pace to answer the door. She had ordered a pizza, and the delivery man was there…
I attended a man who had been building a garage. He had climbed the ladder onto the garage roof to nail shingles in place. The roof was about 9 feet high. As he stepped from the ladder onto the roof with his right foot, he stepped on some plastic that was on the roof. His foot slipped, and he fell feet first onto the ground. When he landed, he heard a loud crack. When we arrived with the ambulance, his leg was bent at 90 degree angle, 3 inches below his knee. It was a very nasty break.
A man was going to take a picture of his family at a lookout point along the highway in a national park. He lined the family up and started to back up to get the shot. He hopped a fence so he could get a better picture and continued to back up. He went too far and fell down a steep embankment, sustaining injuries that would keep…..
We attended a 39 year old man who was carrying some boxes down the stairs. His visibility was limited, and as he went down the stairs, he missed a step. Down he went and rolled down the remaining 5 stairs. He received a serious head injury…
Michael was 29 years old and had a lot going for him. He had a great job, and he was very happy with his family life. One Saturday morning he was going to take his kids to a soccer game, but before he did that, he had one last chore to do around the house. He was going to clean the leaves out from the gutter. He took his ladder and went to the edge of the house, climbed it and scooped out the leaves.