Lifting, Safety, and Beyond In The 21st Century Workforce | logarithmically's Blog
I'm no mutant with an abnormally strong back and maybe its because of construction I dunno but somethings seem too far gone.
I felt like so strange and alien lifting 8 totes up at a time" like it was an everyday breeze and you get a, "OOOo hey don't put your back out doing that stuff its not worth it". Or sitting hunched over making pottery, "dude sit up straight your gonna have back problems later... Aren't you sore?"... I look up "Huh Whaaaat's sore?" . Or grinding down rough spots on a ceramics piece in the metal department with a face shield and a gloves on. Shop teacher - "Well actually you need to be wearing gloves, face shield, with grinding shield over top, impact apron, and earplugs"... After grinding for 5min I found that wearing to much safety shit was actually even more of a hazard because I couldn't see clearly what I was grinding and how...
And I am tryin' to wrap my head around the whole lifting things properly (yeah of course don't be a dumbass and use your legs mostly... but hey doesn't mean your back and stomach muscles are toothpicks).
Like today I find it absolutely retarded if you have to have a trolly to pick up some dinky bins or grab a forklift/pallet jack to move a pallet/skid a couple of feet away, because over a certain weight its deemed unsafe to lift by hand and you need a tool or a machine to do it (translation: company covering their ass).
But hey safety's good in my books (don't be stupid/accident prone) but in the city its like safetyX10 = ???
Your not allowed to help a nurse out and lift a patient out of bed... Because your not trained for it and yeah you might get fired and sued.... Right right... But if they were short staffed or the nurse was short/light and there was a heavy patient... Well too bad they'd have to wait... They wouldn't even be able to quickly train you to help assist in the lifting... Because there not qualified to train and on and on...
But hell if you had to pick your grandma or grampa up in your arms and rush to a vehicle and drive to hospital for a medical emergency... Your not gonna stand there and say "Sorry I'm not trained to do that"... Of course not right its not work... But at a hospital your working with someone else's grandma or grampa that might be in danger too.
On another note:
I shingled roofs and sometimes you'd be lifting 50-75 pounds on one shoulder while scaling a tall ladder... Yeah what of it?... You used your head (you braced the ladder and you were aware of your surroundings)... You go up down up down 12 times or more... And save the rest when you needed some more later... And that was physical labour... Now its like anything you can't lift up with your two pinky fingers needs a tool deeming you useless and accident prone.
Working in the country there isn't a mass workforce or enough people to do just one task... No its usually you sometimes by yourself in the middle of nowheres and you got multiple tasks to do... And maybe there's some super heavy shit you have to lift... And sometimes even you don't have $$$$$$$$ to buy some special part so you have to be creative... And thus also teaching you of the dangers of going too far (And this is where you start using your head)... and hey if it can't be done it can't be done (as long as you did everything you can in as safe of a manner as possible without going beyond)... And that going beyond part I'd have to call "country smarts" or whatever you want to call it... Its you as a person being able to judge for yourself the limit.
Sidefact: Lol allot more stupid shit probably happens in the country and I'm not praising that. What I would like to see is the instinctual safety habits of the country crossing over with the city way of maintaining safety standards with the right tools to do so without going to far in fool-proofing (and therefore making things unsafe again)
Working in the city though instinctual limits seem definitely non existent... got enough people... got enough money... got one task to do... any mechanical/machine aide on earth is right there beside you....
And this is how you end up hearing about people falling off or through ladders because there not aware of there own body and its limits... Or somethin' falls on there toes because there not aware of how much they can lift and how far... And so they implement fool proof rules like steel toe boots in places its really unnecessary or no climbing up on things to correct or get something (Children climb trees all the time... where are the trees to climb (controlled nature)... Why are parents holding there kids back from nature)... Anyways basically what I am trying to say is we are becoming more of a danger to our selves a slash bit more useless for not being aware of ourselves and the ob
Thats why they recall perfectly good and safe products like the wheelbarrow because Jo Smo decided it was a good idea to tow a wheelbarrow full of concrete to the back of his truck...
Or Johnny Come Lately decided it was a good idea in the hot summer weather to apply wood stain remover in his sandals...
Opps recall and slap on another WHMIS sticker so even if there dumb it doesn't come back to haunt us.
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