Stay­ing sober is safety stan­dard

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I AM AL­WAYS warn­ing you to be care­ful when work­ing on your roof or us­ing lad­ders. It is essen­tial you ob­serve all the nec­es­sary safety pre­cau­tions. I thought you might en­joy this true story.

We are about to start re­pair­ing a build­ing dam­aged by fire and re­cently had our first meet­ing with the owner. He wants the roof re­paired as quickly as pos­si­ble as his build­ing is next to a night­club.

The club’s top floor exit leads out to an area near his roof. One night an amorous cou­ple ven­tured on to the roof and were in­jured when they fell through it.

The moral of the story is: what­ever ac­tiv­ity you are about to in­dulge in, en­sure you are tak­ing the nec­es­sary safety pre­cau­tions. Some med­i­ca­tion, not to men­tion al­co­hol, dulls our senses, so don’t think of go­ing near power tools, lad­ders, roofs or ma­chin­ery un­less you are 100% in con­trol of your ac­tions.

The sub­stance abuse epi­demic is get­ting out of con­trol, and all em­ploy­ers need to en­sure their staff are not be­ing sent to clients in an un­fit state. As long as you have the nec­es­sary sig­nage in place, you can ran­domly test for sub­stance abuse.

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