even changing a light bulb from a swivel chair with wheels! These lapses
in judgment create opportunities for injury. Our commitment to safe
behavior is not enough. We need a process that will cover these
gaps in personal judgment.
A LIT TLE STORY
To reinforce this lesson, consider the
A rat looked through a crack in the wall to
see the farmer and his wife opening a package.
What food might it contain? He was aghast to discover
that it was a rat trap. Retreating to the farmyard, the rat proclaimed a
warning: “There is a rat trap in the house! A rat trap in the house!”
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head, and said, “Excuse me,
Mr. Rat. I can tell this is of grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to
me. I cannot be bothered by it.”
The rat turned to the pig and told him, “There is a rat trap in the house! A
rat trap in the house!”
“I am so very sorry, Mr. Rat,” sympathized the pig. “There is
nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are
in my prayers.”
The rat turned to the cow. The cow said, “A rat trap?
A rat trap? I obviously am in no danger.”
So the rat returned to the house, head down and dejected,
to face the farmer’s rat trap alone.
That very night, a sound was heard throughout the
house, a sound like the snap of a rat trap catching its
prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught.
In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous
snake whose tail had been caught in the trap. The
snake bit the farmer’s wife.
The farmer rushed his wife to the hospital.