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PMay 25, 2012

The “Phone Call”: The Importance of Safety in the Field

Things are going well.  You wake up in the morning, get dressed, go to work, and talk with friends and family during the day: that all sounds good to me!  “Talk with friends and family during the day”… now, that’s the one I like.  I can’t wait to hear the voice of my wife and kids; to hear “dad” or “Jimmy” is what I look forward too. In some way, everyone has somebody they look forward to spending time with. Making plans with friends and family (usually for something fun) is what we like to do, don’t you?  Holidays, barbeques, birthday parties; whatever the occasion, we always enjoy the time we share.

Planning a trip or a barbeque is exciting.  We don’t want to run out of fuel half way between our destinations or our barbeque right?  The thought of it now makes me want to check the fuel on the barbeque (I don’t use charcoal).  The looks on all of those faces when the flame goes out…just picture it! Surprised, but why? Is it because we didn’t plan? Because we thought someone else took care of it?  Never be afraid to ask questions.  How can we know if we don’t ask or no one tells us?

There’s a lot to be said for being aware of the important things in life.  To be “safe” so we can enjoy the company of the ones we love.  We usually don’t think about “what we should have done” until it’s too late.  There is always something; something that could have been done to prevent an accident.

I have some friends that are police officers, and we (my wife and I) are also friends with their wives.  They all say that the worst part of the job is the “phone call”: the phone call, no one wants to receive about his or her loved one. The “phone call” in construction is the same: no one wants to be on the receiving end of it.  With that being said, I can’t think of anyone who would like to make the “phone call”.  I know people in my life who have received the “phone call” and it’s never good: it’s a bad day to say the least.  Your whole world changes and perspective on life is very different.

So, what’s important in all of this?  At EDiS I am continually reminded that people are important: they are important because someone loves them.  We might not know them, but someone is calling their name.

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