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Sign of the times

Discussion in 'Safety Issues' started by norite, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. norite

    norite Senior Member

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    Took this today. This is what I refer to as a "phone drone". He is not watching the traffic but is totally absorbed in fingering his phone. I see this all the time these days, young men with their heads down totally absorbed by the phone, while walking, working, driving etc. I am starting to think we would be safer without these devices.
     
  2. lantraxco

    lantraxco Senior Member

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    There's an App for that. Maybe not yet, but you can bet there will be, some sort of proximity plus speed warning system... LOL! :beatsme
     
  3. purnong

    purnong Active Member

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    Yeah we've had to put a new work rule in place about this, No social media during work hours and personal calls kept to a minimum
    Young blokes were spending too much time updating their status and not concentrating on the job, Apart from the lost productivity things weren't getting done properly
    Got me buggered why you need to connected 24/7
     
  4. Mike L

    Mike L Senior Member

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    It's terrible. Everywhere you look people are staring at their phones. I keep hearing that texting and driving is as bad as drinking and driving but law enforcement doesn't seem to be doing anything about it. That being said, I do have a smart phone and it's a great tool but I don't need to look at it 24-7
     
  5. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    That right there is a either a fireable offense or re-assignment to a shovel. That's not being a hard ass, it could save the guy's life.

    Our flagging safety manual specifically states no cell phone uses while flagging period. I drilled this into the guys heads and I follow it as well while flagging.
     
  6. digger doug

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    A couple of years ago I was sitting in an office, and next to a window replacement job.

    The job was to take out the old 20' x 10' steel winders, and replace the whole thing in one
    piece with some translucent premade panels (with nice tilt out window and screens)

    Second floor job, old panels out, JLG comes up with (2) guys and panel, both wearing harness's.

    (3) guys inside ready to recieve and locate.

    (1) Outside guy is up and on window sill (critical moment) and his phone rings.....

    At this point job is halted, while he takes call...(4) other workers standing and moaning whilst
    they balance winder (10' x 20') unit on the ledge.

    10 years ago, no one even had a phone.
     
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  7. digger doug

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    Oh and wait until you spot a guy running a 40k forklift in a parking lot, yaking away....

    That machine can do some damage to pretty much anything it meets.

    The cell phone/texting/surfing is pretty much crack/heroin/meth.....

    and remember YOUR tax dollars paid to hand these out to everyone.
     
  8. seatwarmer

    seatwarmer Well-Known Member

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    Digger you said it, its worse than the the worst drug addiction.


     
  9. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    My policy is no cell phone usage while operating. If you have to take a call or text, stop the machine- no shoulder holding phone up to ear while operating.:cool2

    A couple of years ago I had an operator running a backhoe while I was in the ditch laying pipe. I looked up and saw the shoulder holding the phone to ear thing while he was swinging the boom over the trench. I really don't know how I climbed out of the ditch and up that out rigger so quickly to inform him in no uncertain terms that type of behavior will not happen on my job.:cool:

    Cell phones can be a dangerous distraction on a job site, our profession is dangerous enough, there is no need to add to it.
     
  10. FSERVICE

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    its really bad everywhere!! pay attention tomorrow at lunch, look around when u place your order. I will say over half the restraunt will be on a phone or in "phone drone" mode!!! I made a rule that mine stays in the service truck till I take a break or I need to look something up!! somebody ask me the other day "what would you do without a smart phone?" I tried to hand him the phone & said here ill show you!!!;) it was a lot better world when I had a answering machine at the shop & people didn't expect you to drop what you are doing to come to them RIGHT NOW!!
     
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    Just sat through a safety orientation video for a new nursing home we're working on. Cell phone or texting while operating will have you ejected from the job. I was told that "this is the first and last warning".
    Apparently some do take it quite seriously/.
     
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    Woah! That is dangerous. And it's a fireable offense just about anywhere.
     
  13. Birken Vogt

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    I remember a few years back there was a flagger holding a stop sign in the middle of my lane with his back to me. I don't remember if he was on his phone or just looking at something down the road. He was on the end of a downgrade from me. I came up with the jake brake at full RPM fan blasting brakes squeaking all that jazz and stopped at the proper place, but he never even turned around to look. Some people....
     
  14. fixou812

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    In his defense I'm pretty sure he was on HEF
     
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    Ouch Man !
     
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    Ha!

    I don't get the whole social media deal. I tried it for awhile, all it did was drag up people I hadn't cared about for thirty years and don't care about now. FB is for chicks and Twitter's for twits. For gosh sakes...grown men shouldn't even say the work tweet out loud!
     
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    Yup,



    I have a phone, it lives in the truck, I make calls on it.

    And only when not driving.
     
  18. Randy88

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    Fire the worker, than fire the foreman as well, then fine the company about 10k and someone might get the hint, they are paid to do a job, not paid to text, play on toy's or chat on the phone.
     
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    I think fb is a commie plot.
     
  20. movindirt

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    Instagram is the only one I use, and thats only talking and looking at pictures of other contractors jobs and machinery.