First of all, I just wanna say I freakin' HATE the bump cap. I wore it all week and I bumped my head more this week than I've ever bumped my head IN MY LIFE. Grrrrr. And hiss.
Yesterday, I was working in the hydraulic bay and I had to clamp some wires up in a really tight spot and I could not get my loggerhead up in there. No matter what I did, no matter which way I ducked and dodged, I hit my head. So I took it off, took care of the clamp and then put it back on. Such the rebel I am.
Something that's supposed to make you safer but just ends up hurting you, I say, "boot to the head!". Heavy 20-pound steel-toe boot to the head. :)
BTW, those boots?? Still in my locker. They're in an extended time-out.
On Friday afternoons, we have a VPP meeting in the breakroom. Voluntary Protection Programs works with management, workers and OSHA to keep you safe and not dead at work. I'm very interested in VPP and have been going to the meetings every Friday. Even though it's kind of a dirty word with my coworkers. They look at safety as a hassle and VPP participants as narcs. It's a pain to have safe platforms to work on, it's a pain to wear the bump caps (now I agree with that one!), it's a pain to follow the load max requirements on maintenance stands. I want all the safety I can get! I am in a foreign country where I don't speak the language. I've never had a job where I had to be careful or I would get hurt or a job where I could DIE. Well, the old days when I was making $500 loans in Americus, maybe. :) My point is I need to feel safe until I'm comfortable in my new environment. I'm going to continue to go to those meetings and be active in VPP so I can know what's going on and be able to keep myself safe and the people around me safe.
I'm really not surprised that I'm interested in something that everybody else thinks is stupid. That's the story of my life. And just because I'm working for The Man now doesn't mean I'm not still ME. I'm still that same counterculture chick I've always been. ;) I even got a VPP t-shirt yesterday. Hee hee.