Monday, May 31, 2010

Most Important Safety Tool: The Brain


For those who may not know about the Darwin Awards, it is an online chronicle of enterprising demises. While most of their articles centre on death via supreme stupidity, in some cases the not too bright protagonist amazingly survives. It’s also worth noting that they go to some lengths to verify the validity of each submission, so yes, what you are about to read, is indeed a true account.

In today’s post we refer to a Darwin Award Recipient in the category of construction safety who had the honor bestowed upon him, by doing something exceedingly silly while working on scaffolding.

"(26 January 2001, Florida) A 24-year-old construction worker tied himself to a piece of scaffolding for safety purposes while working on the 4th floor of the county jail annex. Forgetting he was attached to the metal, he tossed it to the ground and was carried along for the ride. He landed on the scaffolding, which pierced both legs and was treated for his injuries at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Hopefully he was also counseled on the use of his most important safety tool: His Brain."

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