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One of the best things about Health and Safety for Beginners (HSfB) is the sheer amount of gratitude and appreciation it generates. Sometimes people just have to show that appreciation and gratitude. I just thought I'd share a piece of that here on the blog.

Here is a topic started in our discussion forums to show appreciation to Alexis for the amazing job she does in creating and reviewing people's CVs - Alexis is a Legend

Here's a short poem by Alexis returning that gratitude and appreciation.

I could have saved a life today
but chose to look the other way.

It wasn't that I didn't care.
I had the time, and I was there
but I didn't want to seem a fool
and argue over safety rules.

I knew he'd done the job before.
if I called it wrong, he might get sore.
The chances didn't seem that bad.
(I've done the same. He knew I had.)

So I shook my head and walked on by.
He knew the risks as well as I.
He took the chance, I closed my eye
and with that act I let him die.

I could have saved a life that day
but chose to look the other way.

Now every time I see his wife
I know I should have saved his life.
I see his kids and feel so sad.
They cry at night. They've lost their Dad.

That guilt is something I must bear
but isn't something you need share.
If you see a risk that others take,
that puts their health or life at stake ..

... The question asked, or things you say
could help them live another day.
If YOU see a risk and walk away,
then hope YOU never have to say

I could have saved a life today
but chose to look the other way.

(Not sure who the author is, if you know, please let us know!)


Just in case you are having a bad day - you know, "Why should I bother when nobody else is?" etc (I think we all get them!), have a look at this summary (NOT a full list) of H&S events in one month across the UK (mid July to Mid August 2013). If this is what happens despite us all applying the much derided 'elf & safety' provisions, how much worse would it be if it were a free-for-all?

Common sense is a term used by tabloids, politicians and lazy managers to mean that you don't need to explain the risks associated with something because it's common sense and therefor everyone already understands if something should be done, how something should be done, precautions that should be taken.

For example most people would consider it common sense not to inhale poisonous fumes in the knowledge that it could give them cancer and other adverse health effects.... but people still smoke tobacco which they take from packets which state in large type "Smoking Kills", so that particular sense is not common to them.

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