Shortcuts Part 1

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What is a shortcut??

The dictionary defines it as:

  • A path between two points that is faster than the commonly used paths.
  • A method to accomplish something that omits one or more steps.

Last Friday we had an employee take a shortcut and not turn off their machine prior to reaching into a running nip. They knew better, they were taught different, but they did it anyway. For that shortcut they will pay with months of pain and agony as their crushed hand heals. They will pay by not being able to do some of the things they love to do. We don’t know if the employee had done that before and gotten away with it. The fact is that this time he didn’t and the machine caught him. The machine will always win.

How about you? What shortcuts do you take? What danger are you putting yourself in?

This week we’ll be taking a look at shortcuts. I ask that you think about the actions you’re taking. Is it a shortcut? What price are you willing to pay?


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