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Picture imperfect

September 25, 2012

A picture can be worth 1,000 words, and sometimes it can offer 1,000 lessons.

A recent CNN article on the recovering housing market was featured on the news organization’s homepage, and an accompanying photo caught my attention. (See screen-capture on the right.)

I didn’t think the photo of the worker was showing safe behavior. So I contacted Tim Neubauer, a National Safety Council senior consultant, to find out what might be wrong. In addition to noting a lack of eye protection on the worker, Neubauer suggested the worker wasn’t properly protected from a potential fall.

“I will not give him the benefit of the doubt on proper fall protection or [personal protective equipment] for the assumed task of nailing shingles on a roof,” Neubauer said.

News coverage inadvertently showing unsafe behavior has happened before, offering a valuable lesson to employers and workers. This is just another example.

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