THE EDITOR: It is rather unfortunate a worker has lost his life recently in a HSE (health, safety and environment) accident. My condolences to his family. One life lost is one too many.
Initially there will be an explosion of grief and then total amnesia follows. At the end of the day who really cares? Who is really responsible?
Let us be abundantly clear, companies are only concerned about profits. Safety companies are only concerned about selling their products – hats, coveralls, etc. They hold huge seminars at high-end hotels.
We have so many graduates in HSE and yet they cannot even extricate themselves from a helicopter under water. All they know is paperwork. Paperwork only provides a record. It does not save lives.
After attending BPTT's safety training I am never in a hurry again in life. I tell my workers I want them alive on the job not dead on time.
Accidents do not just happen. They are caused. Hurry dog does eat raw meat.
Safety is first, second and third. Safety is not what it costs but what it saves. My safety, your safety is our responsibility.
AV RAMPERSAD, PRINCES TOWN.