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Steven’s Story*

My day started out like any other typical Friday with the usual morning routine – get ready, drive to the office, check my emails and settle in for a busy day. Unfortunately, for me the day didn’t end on the usual ‘TGIF’ note.

As I hurried to wrap up the day with a final email, one of the lights above my desk went out. Since I’ve replaced light bulbs around the office numerous times before, I decided to just change it right away instead of dealing with it when I came back on Monday morning.

I knew it would only take a few minutes to do. However, I couldn’t find the company’s extension ladder – just the stepladder. In a hurry, I grabbed the stepladder, leaned it against the wall by the light fixture, and started to climb. I didn’t think, just did. You can guess what happened next… the ladder slipped out from under me.

A few moments later, lying on the ground, I felt my head pounding and an incredible pain shooting through my right arm. Luckily, one of my co-workers heard me when I fell and came to my aid. She immediately rushed me to the ER.

I was in severe pain and disbelief as the ER doctor confirmed I’d need several stitches to close up the head injury. When I fell, I hit the corner of my desk. The x-rays showed that I had fractured my arm as well. Looking back, I wish I had paused for just a moment before I went up that stepladder to think about what I was about to do. I probably could have avoided the fall and these injuries.

Unfortunately, the next few weeks will require some unexpected recovery time for me. In the meantime, I want to share my story to help – to be an example. You really need to train your brain – refresh your instincts – on workplace safety. Know the procedures, pause to think about your actions, and understand the consequences. -Steven Parker

*All characters and events depicted in Steven’s Story are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, and events are purely coincidental.