The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 4 (August 1, 1927)
“Man,” said Horace, the famous Roman poet, “is never watchful enough.” He was speaking of the “dangers that threaten every hour” when he gave utterance to those wise words. If the dangers of life were so real in the world of two thousand years ago, how much more so are they in our modern world? The dangers have been multiplied a thousand fold, and call for the greatest vigilance of the individual to circumvent them. Especially is this true in the field of transportation. Therefore, carry out the principles of safety first whatever your work may be. Do everything the safe way; be ever watchful, and set the example to others.
The British Home Secretary On “Safety First.”
Speaking at the annual meeting of the National Safety First Association in London on 3rd May (a full report of which appears in the last issue to hand of the Association's Journal), the Home Secretary (the Rt. Hon. Sir William Joynson-Hicks, President of the Association), referred to the impending opening of a new Industrial Museum in connection with the Home Office. “It will,” he said, “be one of the most remarkable museums in the world-a museum showing every kind of safety appliance in operation. Many employers have given us, or lent us, their new machines and new contrivances of every kind for lessening the possibility of accidents.”
In view of the fact that there were, according to the latest statistics, no less than 476,000 industrial accidents in 1925 among the seven and a half million people employed in British Industrial undertakings-about 3,000 being killed and 473,000 injured-the founding of such a museum, where all concerned can see in actual operation, every possible device which safety can suggest for greater safety, cannot fail to have a big educational influence in the direction of accident prevention.
Don'st work with untied laces on boots or shoes, or wear bad fitting footwear. Substantial well fitting boots and shoes lessen the liability to stumble, and of the accidents which result from this cause. Watch your step always.
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Be yourself a firm believer in, and an exemplar of, the safety principles you commend to others.
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Don'st permit an inexperienced workman to probe your eye with any sharp instrument when foreign matter has entered it. Go immediately to the first-aid man, who must use a special brush for this purpose. In all cases of serious eye injuries, a medical man should be consulted as soon as possible.
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Don'st put paper or cotton waste over cuts or burns. A septic wound is apt to follow such a practice. Have all injuries of the kind properly attended to at the first-aid cupboard.
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Don'st indulge in practical jokes, which violate the rules of safety-first, in any circumstances whatever.