Labor Day Musing


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It was three years ago today that I started the Safety-Doc.com blog on Labor Day.  I felt it appropriate to celebrate the unparalleled contribution laborers have made to this country, our communities and families.

So to all of you who grow your company, community, and country through your labor;  to all of you who did it in the past and have taken up the mantel of protector/safety pro; and for all of you who support our laborers -- SALUTE!

My original post three years ago… 

"In my first safety blog I’m going to reflect on Labor Day.  This Labor Day I watched Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero about the group of workers racing to complete the September 11 Memorial by the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 (this weekend).  I’m reminded how our laborers have built (and rebuilt) our nation.  Throughout the show the featured workers repeatedly were quoted “we have to get this done in time, no alternatives.”  Indeed, the six-hour workweeks were reminiscent of the 24-hour work to fix the Pentagon after 9/11.  Beyond the focus on the victim’s families, my biggest concern was about the safety of the workers whose self-pressure could put them in harm’s way.  Shot of large iron-works and plumbing reinforced that concern.  Until I saw a shot of an ironworker breaking a forgotten weld; he was surrounded by a group of his fellow laborers coaching him on the safe execution of the hazardous situation.  It was then I celebrated Labor Day."

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