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September 2010

Put it down to save your life

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Posted by Greg LaRochelle

The title of this post is lifted from the OSHA website's home page urging drivers to turn off their cell phones earlier this month in recognition of the Second National Distracted Driving Summit that was being held in Washington, DC.  The OSHA site provides a link to for more detail.  There's a wealth of information on this official government website including sobering statistics on highway fatalities and laws enacted by each state to control distracted driving.

This message from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood sums up the danger of distracted driving : "Every single time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road – even for just a few seconds – they put their lives and the lives of others in danger. Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating."

So, to do your part in avoiding the tragic consequences of distracted driving on our highways and byways, put it down and remember these words from the otherwise-reckless Jim Morrison: Keep your eyes on the road, and your hands upon the wheel.

Remembering Paul

Today, we write with heavy hearts as we remember our former colleague and the founding writer of this blog, Paul Caret. Paul died earlier this week at the young age of 53. He suffered yet exhibited tremendous grace in his three-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, often known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

We were grateful to have called him a colleague for seven years here at MEMIC. He worked as a safety management specialist in the construction field. He was knowledgeable, sensible, kind and fun. He cared deeply about helping make workplaces safer.

He took on this blog when he was no longer able to work in the field on customer jobsites. He brought great enthusiasm and care to the effort. And, he delighted when he started to get feedback from far-flung places.

We miss Paul and we send our best thoughts to his family.