When power lines go down after storms, we wait impatiently for electricity to be restored – often without much thought for the men and women out in the bucket trucks, braving the elements when almost everyone else is being told to stay home. They deserve far more recognition than they receive.
When I sat down to write this Editor’s Note, files for the December issue of Safety+Health were being completed and prepped for printing. As I looked over and signed off on final pages, I re-read Richard Hawk’s “All About You” column on being grateful. The theme hit home because the S+H team experienced some moments this month in which I wondered whether the print version of the December issue would be published at all.
The Safety+Health editorial staff is fortunate to work only steps away from the National Safety Council Library and its helpful staff. In addition to a large collection of current materials, the library houses much of the council’s history, and the librarians occasionally share with me NSC documents they believe I’ll find interesting or entertaining.
A few years ago, when Safety+Health published an article about what some employers are doing to accommodate aging workers, I shared in this column the story of a relative by marriage who has worked most of his adult life in a manufacturing plant, and the toll the physical labor has taken on his body.
I frequently fill out surveys because, as the editor of a magazine, I know how valuable the data can be. As you’ve likely noticed, Safety+Health emails various surveys throughout the year. Every time we send one out, we’re keenly aware that we’re asking you to take time away from your job. But the information you provide is extremely useful.
This month, Safety+Health features an article on the safety of young workers. We haven’t done an article on this topic in some time, focusing instead on other areas while the poor economy left many young job-seekers struggling to find work.