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  • hawcreek12 hawcreek12 Dec 9, 2012 7:57 AM Flag

    The evolution of the government 'safety net'


    When I began in construction I saw a man atop a 100 foot high greasy crane tip standing upright with no fall protection trying to leverage a cable back into the guiding sheave. I told the superintendent I could not watch or participate and left. The guy had been doing that all his life but it was wrong.

    Fast forward 20 years and I was told to correct a situation where a man was lifted less that

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    • When I began construction work building metal buildings, some 10' high to a grain elevetaor 200' high, I never even heard of safety ropes, our safety equipment consisted of a pair of steel toed boots & fiber glass helmet and that was left up to the indivual. Pulling steel and working off the ground was just part of the job.
      I was looking for a job and saw a building going up, stopped my car and asked for a job, I had no experience.
      I did not tell the foreman I could not watch or participate and leave, I told him I would report for work the next day at 6am because I needed the money, so you must not have needed the money as much as me.
      I moved to another state and got on a building crew and they wore safety ropes etc. I laughed at them, those ropes reduce productivity, you know.

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