Hello, everyone! I’m typing this entire blog post with only one finger today, because my other nine have been heavily bandaged during a freak towel-folding accident I suffered last night. And it occurred to me that I have never yet discussed workplace safety.So here we go!
As you know, workplaces are annoyingly safe. Very rarely does somebody do something so catastrophically stupid that it causes a serious injury. And do you want to spend your entire life hidden from danger, barely conscious because you’re comfortably certain that nothing life-threatening is going to occur to you? Of course not! That’s why today I’m going to focus on ladders.
You see, ladders have two functions. First, they help you reach things like light bulbs, neighbor’s cats, and all the kitchen appliances you put on the very top shelves in your kitchen because you only use them once a year. Curiously, they always have one extra step than they need, since nobody ever likes to stand on the top of a ladder. I don’t know why ladder makers don’t just make all their ladders one step shorter.
Anyway, ladders also have the capacity to create an immediately life-threatening situation wherever you happen to be. You want to see what it’s like to fall backwards and land in a decorative bush? No problem! Just slap a ladder against the side of your house and have at it.
“But Jeff, ladders are generally very stable. It’s not like a ladder is simply going to fall over on its own. As long as it’s braced properly at the bottom and resting against a stable surface, there’s really nothing to worry about.”
I agree. Which is why you’re going to have to go to a little extra work. Like these guys did.
I think that picture says everything it needs to about workplace safety.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start hurting yourself!
Author: Jeff Havens
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