Safety Stand-Down

Everyday, on every worksite, whether construction, retail, oilfield, hospitality, mining, restaurants, or any other job; Employees are required to retrieve their marble, marbles are mandatory and working that day is not possible if you have no marble… safety man

Let me explain.

On every job, there is a large bucket suspended one hundred feet in the air, held by chains and supported by a crane,  there is a tall ladder set up for employees to climb to retrieve their marble.  The bucket has a lid with a hole cut in it, large enough for the employees arm and nothing more.  It is not possible to see the marbles inside the bucket.  The marbles get mixed around with a device similar to a lottery ball shuffler.  Inside, their are five different colours of marbles and various quantities:

10,000 Green Marbles – It will be a safe day, you will be fine

5,000 Blue Marbles  –  This is a near miss, you will almost get hurt, but will be fine.

3,000 Yellow Marbles  –  You are going to have a minor injury. Maybe a paper cut, maybe a pulled muscle, this is a “no lost time” injury.

100 Black Marbles  –  You will be hurt pretty badly today, maybe lose a finger, brake a bone, or worse.  This is a “lost time” injury.  You will probably be in a hospital bed for awhile.

10 Red Marbles  –  You’re dead.

The marbles represent statistics. Every industry has different statistics, so above is just a guess at how many marbles you have.   for example, it is far more likely for somebody to get hurt on a construction site, than it is for somebody to get hurt at a retail job.  However, between them all there is one familiarity, their are few deaths, and many good safe days.

You never know what is going to happen when you report to work. Certainly you never wake up in the morning and expect to brake your arm or worse.  but shit does happen, and nobody is immune.

Most industrial companies, and many other industries have adopted safety staff, safety programs, and various safety policies.  Some more strict than others.  some companies genuinely care about their employees and want to keep them safe.  Others need to have safety programs to contract to other companies or to lower their WCB premiums.

Here is the solitary outlook on this: 

You can give your employees steel toed boots, you can give them safety glasses, you can put them in reflective vests,  you can even put cut resistant gloves on their hands,  hell, if you want to you can even wrap them in bubble wrap…

You can teach your employees how to work safe, you can teach them how to intervene and watch out for their co-workers,  you can have them fill out all kinds of safety documents, and if you want you can have them writes lines on a chalkboard that says “I will be safe today”

BUT, at the beginning of the day, each and every person must climb the ladder, reach inside the bucket, and pull out their marble.  you can not predict the unknown.  you never know what hand you will be dealt.  Shit happens.

So does that mean that safety is pointless?

That is a hard question to answer, but I think I am going to go with no.

I would like to think that safety is pointless, but that would require everyone to have a strong sense of common sense – and if you look at the people around you, I am sure you would agree that common sense is something some people simply do not posses.

So yes, Safety is important to a degree but all it can do is mitigate the risks, it can never eliminate them.


100 Personal Laws to live by: (In progress)

The world changes everyday, sometimes changes are for the good… Sometimes good things are lost.

So may things have changed over the years. Look back, every generation lives by their own rule book.

It’s important as people, we hold on to some class!

Newtons Laws guided the science world and set a precedent for the basis of a lot of different things.

Gibbs (NCIS) has a set of rules he, and his team, live by. (TV would never lie, rules must be important)

Let this inspire us, let us create a new set of laws enforced by a personal thought.

Please comment or email me if you would like to suggest a “law” for the list.
Everybody has at least one golden rule.. What’s yours?

#100 – Always be yourself, you look like an idiot when you try to be somebody you are not.

… It’s like B.O. You can’t always smell your own!

#99 – No means No

… Need I say more?

#98 – If your relationship needs to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

… Yes this includes neighbours and coworkers… Sorry.

#97 – Always have a wish ready incase you see a shooting star.

… Can’t hurt, right?

#96 – Practice Random acts of kindness.

… Karma’s a Bitch!

#95. – Leave the Drama for TV.

… Some people just can’t get enough.


Chris Thilk

Freelance Writing, Content Marketing and Online Strategy



Don Charisma

because anything is possible with Charisma

Books, Music, Photography, & Movies

My views on the above and some...

Realistic Cooking Ideas

for Busy People! And sharing our life adventures along the way!


Welcome to the Monkey House

Uncle Spike's Adventures

Opinion, photography & travel blogging from a small rural farm in Türkiye

Of Snailmail, Books & Vanities

Creating home and happiness in a foreign country

Ray Ferrer - Emotion on Canvas

** OFFICIAL Site of Artist Ray Ferrer **

Great Books of the Western World

The unexamined life is not worth living.

GODINTEREST - Christian magazine covering faith, culture and life

Godinterest is a place to talk about God, Culture, Life and all that other stuff

Daily (w)rite


HarsH ReaLiTy

My goal with this blog is to offend everyone in the world at least once with my words… so no one has a reason to have a heightened sense of themselves. We are all ignorant, we are all found wanting, we are all bad people sometimes.

Covered in Beer

by Thomas Cochran, Known Moron