The Importance of ROLE MODELS

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Role Models
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ROLE MODELS.   I was reading about Mike Rowe in a safety magazine this morning.   Mike Rowe is the star and host of “Dirty Jobs” on Discovery Channel and recently has been hosting Ford commercials.    A viewer of “Dirty Jobs” called him out for not wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) on the show.  Here was Mr. Rowe’s response:   “It is not the objective of Dirty Jobs to conform to any particular set of safety standards, other than those dictated by the people for who I happen to be working at the time. I take my cues from them.”   Really?

Rowe went on to say that safety is important, but not more important than getting the job done.  “Making money is more important than safety — always”.   I had to re-read this again:  “Making money is more important than safety — always”.  Really?

Rowe then said: “When a business tells you that they are more concerned with your safety than anything else, beware, they are not being honest.  They are hedging their own bets, and following the advice of lawyers hired to protect them from lawsuits arising from accidents.”   Really?

Come on Mike Rowe – wake up!   Following the advice of lawyers?   Making money is more important than safety — always?  When a business tells you that they are more concerned with your safety than anything else, beware, they are not being honest?   Mike Rowe, or any anyone else who is a role model, needs to set an example – especially as it relates to workplace safety.

Come on Ford – wake up!  Is this the guy that you want representing your company?  Does Ford share the same opinions as its spokesman – Mike Rowe?   Is making money more important than safety at Ford?   I thought Ford took pride in its  vibrant safety program.  “Pulling together the leadership and resources of Ford, ACH, the UAW and MIOSHA creates a powerful team as we work together to improve our already-high standards of health and safety in our plants,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Company vice president, North America Manufacturing. “Ford is proud of its history in Michigan – particularly of our record of significantly reducing serious on-the-job injuries in recent years. We know that safety always must be top-of-mind…”

Safety should always be our first priority.  Above profitability, above productivity, above quality ….safety always comes first.   If it’s not safe – don’t do it.    I hope Mike Rowe realizes that he misspoke and publically apologizes for his boneheaded statements – what do you think?

STAY SAFE!     **  Jeff  **   214-215-2434

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