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~ Horseplay ~

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Horseplay - Only Fools Do It!

Be alert don't get hurt! Horseplay has no place on the job it usually leads to an accident. Someone decides to horse around, one thing leads to another, and before you know it someone gets hurt or property gets damaged. Think back to when you were in school. You can probably remember horseplay beginning in the elementary grades and continuing through junior high and high school. You probably knew someone who did it or even worse, you participated in it. Sometimes it was just a big joke, but other times one or more people got hurt.

When it comes to horseplay a work site is often no different than school. There are lots of workers who just want to have a good time. They like to tease or make fun of another worker. They do stupid things or take chances. Frequently the end result is that a worker gets hurt. Clowning around, setting traps and horseplay just can't be tolerated Your supervisor should put a stop to it immediately.

As a worker never initiate, encourage or participate in horseplay. If someone starts it, let them know that you don't like it and will not let it continue. Tell them that the chance of causing an accident is too great and you don't want that to happen. If they still don't get the message, advise your supervisor.

If everyone on the job assumes a responsible attitude about this kind of juvenile behavior, the jokester will be without an audience. Without anyone to 'appreciate' the prank, horseplay should diminish considerably.

Another angle to use to convince someone to discontinue this type of recklessness is to warn them that they are subject to prosecution, like any other criminal, if their horseplay results in a serious injury or death.

Work can be hazardous adding the danger of an accident resulting from horseplay cannot be tolerated by either employers or employees. Do your part never instigate or participate in any kind of horseplay only fools do it!

SAFETY REMINDERS

Your Safety, and That of Your Co-workers,

Depends on Your Actions. Always Think Safety First.

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    If you have a specific topic you would like to see covered here or that you may need for your company, please send an Email to our Tail Gate Safety Topics editor, Dave Miller at demiller@pacificemployers.com or to peinfo@pacificemployers.com. Thanks!

 

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Copyright 2001 by David E. Miller

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