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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Health & safety committee runs amok

This is from one of my favourite blogs, E-mails from Crazy People. It is from committees like these that future despots spring.

Stairway Audit

A surprise stairway safety audit was conducted by the East Building Office Safety Team on Tuesday morning, June 9th, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The intent was to raise awareness of stairway safety and to mitigate accidents on the stairways that lead from the parking lot to the East Building entrance.

The results of the audit revealed that 35 percent of our employees use the stairway hand rails when arriving for work. Of the total 128 people who were observed using the parking lot stairway, only 45 used the hand rail, which means 83 of our co-workers neglected to use appropriate hand rail safety. A gender breakdown revealed that 69 percent of those who used the hand rail were female. One other notable observation: one employee was carrying two bags and a cup of coffee and still managed to use the hand rail.

Everyone who entered the building through the main doors during the audit received a “Steps for Stair Safety” handout. Those who demonstrated proper hand-rail safety on the main stairway from the parking lot were given a ticket for a chance to win a Sodexo CafĂ© meal voucher valued up to $10.



One employee was very rude and refused the handout.

Bad example: an employee bounded down the stairs two at a time without holding hand rail.

Good example: an employee with two bags and a cup of coffee still used the hand rail.

Many people were surprised when they entered the foyer because they could not see the team observing them from that area. Those that were recognized for using good safety by using the handrails were noticeably pleased.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jeez, if anyone deserves to be laid off, it's this crew.