Safety costs money. It costs for equipment, it costs time in having to do things the right way, not the fast way.
So as I sit here in the emergency department, waiting to be admitted for plastic surgery to repair a severed nerve in my finger, I wonder, just how much does safety cost?
No photos- no one needs to see that (not that it is particularly impressive). It was a simple loss of concentration, turning a cut the wrong way and a slip with a carving knife. And I hadn’t gone and put on the kevlar glove that I do have somewhere in the shed.
See, I’d already spent the money, so it is the cost of laziness.
The price? Well in the long term, it will probably be a full recovery, if not, then my little finger will remain numb on one side. So the cost so far is the difference in time getting and wearing the glve, vs the 10 hours spent sitting around so far in the hospital system. Not to mention worrying family & friends. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Out of surgery now – microsurgery to repair the nerve and whatever other damage I had done. Stupid way to waste a day.
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