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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

True Tales of Health and Safety

This story is from the Young Worker Awareness Program's True Tales of Health and Safety series:


My name is Trista Hughes. Three and a half years ago my brother Dylan died in his workplace. He was only 20. He was working for a big company. He was backing up on the forklift one day and the ramp gave out underneath him. The forklift fell and he fell out of it. It ended up landing on him and crushing his chest.

At school I got pulled into the principal's office. I saw my other brother sitting there crying and they told me. It was devastating. It was so hard on my whole family.

I miss his personality the most. I miss having him there just to pick a fight with or to sit down and have a conversation with. I just miss having him around.

He had a girlfriend of two and a half years at the time that he died. She was his soul mate. They were going to spend the rest of their lives together.

I think that if you're working someplace and you think that something is wrong or you know something that's dangerous you should speak up no matter what. It doesn't matter what it costs you, because it could cost you your life.

Dylan was my brother. He was an honest person. He was quiet. He was really just like the perfect person that you would want to get to know and sit down and have a conversation with. It's really hard. I miss him a lot.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Companies are required to train forklift drivers, who are then required to have proof that they have received such training. During the training, drivers are shown how to inspect forklifts to ensure they may be operated safely (e.g. have all required safety equipment) and how to use the forklift (including the safety equipment.) The article does not indicate whether the operator was wearing a seat belt, but the statement that he fell out of the forklift indicates that he was not. It is a tragic accident, but workers must be shown that their own actions play the major part in their safety at work. Had this young man been wearing his seat belt, he may have ridden out the collapse of the ramp with minimal, or no, injuries.

7:39 AM  
Anonymous BenG said...

A great blog that really emphasises the imperative need for good health and safety knowledge in the workplace. It's just sad that such a tragic loss had to occur for this to be adhered to.
There are health and safety courses readily available, that give people the knowledge to act accordingly and know what to do in case of emergency.
If these courses are attended, tragedies like this can be avoided entirely.

Very powerful writing, good luck in the future.

2:06 AM  

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