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  Nakched: Don’t rest until something is done   Our latest letter writer of the week walks, talks and acts on safety. Satish Nakched believes that we should practice being
16 Jul 2016 10:17
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Fiji Sun’s Managing Editor Design Naisa Koroi (right), presents Satish Nakched a Parker Pen he won for last week’s winning Letter to the Editor titled ‘Carton doormats’.

 

Nakched: Don’t rest until something is done

 

Our latest letter writer of the week walks, talks and acts on safety.

Satish Nakched believes that we should practice being proactive as opposed to being reactive. Most of his letters have been written on safety and preventative measures.

“I’m very much into safety,” he said.

And rightly so, explained the Ovalau man with an Occupation, Health and Safety background.

“Once you get hurt, once your leg is damaged, once your toe is cut off, you lose some mobility, your life becomes a wreck,” he said.

There are so many things that could be hazardous but customers, employees and employers take them for granted, he said.

“When you take a walkabout there could be something sticking out, there could be a switch that has fallen or even an exposed wire.”

People see it but it is only when something happens they react.

“We are very much into a reactive mode. We need to change our mindset and become proactive.”

His winning letter, ‘Carton doormats’ talks deeply about the safety aspect in the supermarket.

Carton doormats are a normal sight in supermarkets and retail shops, especially during the rainy season.

Not only is it economical but as Mr Nakched said: “This keeps the dirt, water and other form of pollutant from spreading to other parts of the business.”

But the problem arises when the carton isn’t wet or eventually dries up.

“When this occurs the grip disappears and the carton becomes very slippery and this can lead to a person falling.”

Most recently, he says, his letters have been inspired by what our national 7s coach Ben Ryan once said on twitter, which eventually became viral.

“We have robust laws but it’s not enforced. Anything that I see, I need to flag it. Remember what the 7s coach Ben Ryan said: ‘The standard you walk past is the standard you become’.

“If you see something that is not right, you need to flag it to the authorities for improvement. Once you do that, you need to keep following up.”

The quote was also used by Australian Army Lieutenant General David Morrison in 2013 which originally said: ‘The standard you walk past, is the standard you accept’.

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