John was wearing his cotton work gloves
and thought it couldn’t be more than a
scratch. As he puts the part down, he notices a wet feeling on the tips of his fingers
sees blood when he takes off his gloves.
He reports this to his supervisor, who
calls his health and safety executive
(HSE) representative. While John washes
his hand, his supervisor, Bill, gets bandages from the first aid kit. The HSE representative calls the adjusting firm that
assists with their injured employees and
Steve, an adjuster, is dispatched to the
site. It seems like a small cut into the fingers, a little deep, but just a very thin slice.
John is bandaged and the adjuster arrives.
There is no indication that this injury did
not occur at the jobsite in the course of
John’s work duties.
Brief introductions are made and Steve
asks John how he’s feeling. John responds,
“Okay. I cleaned it up and Bill bandaged
me up pretty good.”
Steve then asks what happened and
John describes the incident. Because
Howe. Consider the following case study
and see how small but important deci-
sions throughout the process created an
outcome in everyone’s best interests.
John, a machinist, arrives at work at
7:00 a.m., clocks in and meets with his
co-workers in the break room. Nothing
unusual about today, but he hasn’t begun
to work yet either.
After donning his proper personal
protective equipment, John turns on his
machine and begins to mill the first of
50 or so parts slated for his production
run that day. After completing the first
30 parts, John removes a milled part, but
as he begins to pull it from the chocks, a
small piece of metal shaving rubs the topside of his long, ring and small fingers of
his right hand.
As it ran through the machine, this
last part left a ribbon of metal shaving
the thickness of a razor blade just high
enough to rub the fingers of his hand.
Tips for Managing a
By Robert L. Judge