Midleton Men’s Shed Weekly News.
The dangers of working on your own.
We should all take account of situations where we work alone. This is more important for retirees; cutting the lawn in sandals, using workshop equipment which may be as old as themselves – never serviced, carrying out electrical repairs, chopping firewood etc. etc., no supervisor to enforce rules / safety measures, so what do we do? Do we take a risk? No-one is watching!
You take a chance and the chances are you’ll lose!!
We need to think about what we are going to do. What could go wrong? What can be done to prevent injuries? Is help or advice needed? If something goes wrong while we are alone and you cannot call anyone, does anyone know where we are?
We should never work alone if possible, and if that’s not possible, we must tell someone where we will be working, what time we expect to return, give them our phone number, and if we change location, let them know.
With our Men’s Shed we do everything with a minimum of two people, no matter what the circumstances. There is safety in numbers.
Most farmers are ‘work-alone workers’, carrying out many hazardous tasks, and the work has to be done. Working long hours in various parts of the farm, feeding/dosing cattle, using heavy machinery, cutting up fallen trees etc. etc. A serious injury to the farmer means the farm comes to a virtual standstill. It’s a hazardous occupation and the farmer must work responsibly.
There is plenty of help available for farmers; Teagasc, HSA newsletters, Farmers Journal, safety circulars for various operations, but action is required to stay safe.
The same assistance is available for retired people. We can download a lot of useful information from the internet, and if we are not computer literate (many of us) we can just ask a friend or relation who can do this for us. That is why being a member of the local shed, (being a shedder), will give your loved ones peace of mind.
At the shed, we share ideas, our issues, health & wellbeing, we talk about life, politics, family, and how best to do things as we grow older; it’s teamwork.
Look what the Irish Rugby team achieved recently against the number one team in the world through absolute teamwork.
We have worked hard to get this far in our lives, now we deserve a good quality of life, we are not children any more. We need to remain injury free, relax, be safe.
Our Men’s Shed group meets weekly at 11.30 on Friday mornings in the Edmond Rice Centre. We welcome new members, and if you would like more information you can contact us by email at [email protected]
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