Tomorrow - your reward for working safely today.
The company I work for (see above image for hint) is very big on 'Safety'. We conduct safety training at least once a month. They also reward us for all milestones reached in our safety performance. Over the years I've worked at this company, they have given us some very nice gifts. I have a leather bomber jacket, several fold up camp chairs, a Fossile watch, and now my latest acquisition is pictured above. And you know what? It is by far my most favorite...
That day glo orange hardhat is what I've been wearing for the last year. We did have just the normal white hardhats, until they decided that orange would be more visible. We have many large forklifts running back and forth throughout our facility, so visible is good.
The reason for my newest one? I have worked 5 years and some months without a recordable accident. In fact, the only recordable accident I've had in 7 years, was when I was using a box knife to cut samples. I couldn't quite reach across the width of the board, so I switched the knife to my left hand without switching the Kevlar glove. Umm, let's just say...8 stitches on my right hand forefinger... I mean, how was I to know that I couldn't cut with my left hand safely? Now, I do.
But as a reward, that hardhat is by far the best yet. Today, I wore it for the first time. I've only had it in my possession for 3 days. The first 2 days, I worked in the Quality lab. I hadn't been out on the production floor 5 minutes this morning when I received my first compliment. The Plant Manager stopped me to comment on it. All day long, almost every one that I passed had some comment to make about it being the best looking hardhat in the plant. Ya know, I tend to agree.
Several people made the comment that they wouldn't wear it, in case it got banged up. To my way of thinking, that defeats the purpose. 5 years is a very long time to practice safety. I want people to know it's possible to achieve that goal. And so far, I'm the only one to have such a good looking hardhat.
I do believe a decal from Soldier's Angels will go nicely on the back.
And so it goes......