photoThe rain held off for the Threads for Life Steps for Life Walk yesterday, May 4, 2014. Staff from NSCECE took a road trip to beautiful Smiley’s Provincial Park, outside of Windsor, Nova Scotia, to take part in this event to raise awareness (and money!) for safety in the workplace. Over 100 people came out to walk, and $8,000 was raised which will go towards helping ensure no one is injured or killed on the job. Many workplace accidents are completely preventable, and if we’re paying attention, any one of us may save a life one day.

I Chose To Look the Other Way


By Charlie Mearns
Safety Director, Santa Fe Drilling


I could have saved a life that day,
But I chose to look the other way.
It wasn’t that I didn’t care,
I had the time, and I was there
But I didn’t want to seem a fool,
Or argue over a safety rule
I knew he’d done the job before,
If I called it wrong, he might get sore
The chance didn’t seem that bad,
I’ve done the same, he knew I had
So I shook my head and walked on by,
He knew the risk as well as I
He took this chance, I closed an eye,
And with this act, I let him die.
I could have saved a life that day,
But I chose to look the other way.
Now every time I see his wife,
I’ll know I should have saved his life
The guilt is something I must bear,
But it isn’t something you need to share
If you see a risk that others take,
That puts their health or life at stake
The question asked, or thing you say,
Could help them live another day
If you see a risk and walk away,
Then hope you never have to say
I could have saved a life that day,
But I chose to look the other way.
(Source: Bowater Mersey Paper Co. Ltd.)