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Knowing the Hazards

Here’s today’s question about hazards: things that can hurt you.

Think back in time to all the times you got hurt – including the minor cuts and scrapes, bumps and bruises, and the close calls where you almost got hurt – at work and at home: When was the last time you were hurt by something that you did not know was capable of hurting you?

Note the emphasis on the words “you” and “not know.” This question isn’t about anyone other than you.


In most cases, when someone gets hurt, it came from something they knew was capable of producing harm – to them.

If that’s true for you, your answer provides a simple but vitally important lesson to be learned about going home alive and well at the end of every day. Thinking, “I know what can get me hurt” is not what keeps you safe.

Doing something about the things that can hurt you is what keeps you safe.

That starts by thinking, “I don’t want something like that to happen to me.

Paul Balmert
August 2018

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