Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I chose to look the other way



I chose to look the other way
I could have saved a life that day,
but I 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, or argue over a safety rule
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 an eye, and with the act,
I let him die.

I could have saved a life that day, but I chose to look the other way.
Now every time I see his wife, I'll know I should have saved his life.
That guilt is something I must bear, but it isn't something you need to share.
If you see a risk that others take, that puts their health or life at stake.

The question asked, or thing 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 that day, but I chose to look the other way."

Don Merrell

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I just came back from a two day safety awareness training. So the poem above was the last piece of material that was shared with us at the training. I thought that was a good poem to share with everyone out there. After two days of intensive training, I realised that yes, SAFETY should be our CORE VALUE! Safety is not a priority, as priority can change, however, if safety isn't a core value, it would truly affect our behaviour and our actions. More than 90% of incidents is due to unsafe acts and poort human behaviour.

So it is important that we should always take care of ourselves and look out for others.

Think Safe, Work Safe, Home Safe


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