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Improvisation

Getting the job done often requires coming up with solutions to unanticipated problems. It’s something we humans are great at doing.  

Sometimes solutions are the stuff of genius. But not every one of those solutions turns out to be great – or safe. Here’s just such a case. 

Problem: no bucket lift on site.

Solution: as reported by the local newspaper 

 

When it comes to hazard recognition, the things most likely to hurt you – or someone you work with – often come with warning signs. One warning sign of impending danger is an improvised tool or work method. 

Proceed with caution: you never want to find there’s a problem with an improvised tool or method the way the people involved in this event did.

Paul Balmert
September 2019

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