A couple hours ago I just got home from a safety information night for my work as a steel frame erector. I was listening to this safety officer from the builder I sub contract to along with about 70 other subbies. He was telling us what our responsibilities are, in complying with new laws being enforced from 1st Jan 2012. The laws are to do with Occ Health and Safety. They are now wanting us to fill out a form every time we get to site and write down any hazards or dangers and sign it, so if an inspector comes on site to check us it''ll show we have done what they have asked and shows we comply with the new laws. I knew this had been coming for a while and it's something I really struggle to get my head around. I know the builder is doing the right thing in helping us to comply before Jan. but I just wonder how far this is going to go.
I've been building for about 7 yrs and haven't had a major incident yet in my work. I'm not saying that something may not occur into the future, but will filling out more paper and putting in more 'made up big words' into some document really make things safer. If you can't tell.... I was shaking my head and so frustrated!!! Where has the common sense gone??? I'm a professional in my trade as like many other people are in their line of work. Do I really need someone sitting in an office writing down safety regs. for my work and telling me how to safely do my job?? I feel most of the subbies there tonight are doing the right thing but long term we are going to pay for it. Where has taking responsiblity for your own actions gone?? People are passing the buck and saying 'it wasn't my fault I got hurt, it was the builder or the candlestick maker!' Most subbies there thought the stuff spoken was a load of... 'you know what', but they said we need to do it to keep our jobs and not get caught out. I'm not sure if this job is that important anymore!!
Sorry fellas I'm a bit annoyed and I need to do some 'shed'. I wonder sometimes where God is in all of this? Is this God telling me to get out of this work? Look at new beginnings somewhere else? Has God got other things in store for me? Is it just a test or is the enemy having a field day with me at the moment? I have a lot of questions but not many answers. Would love your thoughts blokes!! Don't worry, there will be no rash decisions, but I'm just wrestling with this stuff constantly at the moment.
Catch ya, Luke
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