‘Be Careful!’ We’ve all likely heard, said or thought these words at some time or other. As a kid, this was my mother’s mantra. I spent more time in the emergency room waiting for stitches or to be cast, than many people spend at the doctor in their lifetime. I was convinced I was accident prone.
But as I grew up I started to better understand the definition of ‘Be Careful’: To plan ahead; to think about what might happen; to bring the right equipment; to learn skills to deal with emergencies and much more. In the 90’s I worked for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company in Alaska and they worked diligently to drill the idea of safety into all their employees. Valuable lessons.
In 2004 I went on to become a founding member and first President and then Executive Director of the North America Outdoor Institute (an outdoor safety education training non-profit organization.) For a decade my life has revolved around researching, learning, practicing, training and writing about safety.
I have heard or been part of too many heart gripping and crushing stories. I’ve shed a lot of tears for lost lives, especially my husband Bruce in 1986 to an unfortunate accident that I later learned could have easily been prevented. But back then we didn’t know.
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Debra McGhan, U Rock CEO