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If you do just one thing a month to change the safety mind-set, in one year you will have done 12 things to raise safety awareness. Every month you will receive one such SAFETY TIP.


Safety is an ongoing journey, along stepping stones, towards your goal. A safety monument is a practical and visual way to get the message across that every person’s involvement is important and required in order to achieve that goal.

It can be a wall, or a path, as long as the stones remain visible.

Stepping stones to safety

I favour a “pathway of stepping stones”, taking you towards your goal. And whether a path or a wall or some other monument is used, what is KEY is the concept of involving all employees by getting them to bring one stone from home to add their bit to SAFETY at their place of work. They can even write their names on their stone.

To make it a living monument, this could become part of the new employee safety induction, where each new employee brings a stone to add to the path or wall.

This could be taken even further by involving the Safety Reps in shaping and owning this process and keeping it alive – give them Einspruchsrecht[1].

[1]   Einspruchsrecht = inspraaksreg = the right to partake in a decision.


Isibopho whistle and green card - safety - recognition

… goes out to Francois Du Toit of Sasol Polymers for the idea of building a safety monument out of stones.
… and also to Trevor Naicker and Gert Kriel who built on the idea and came up with the concept of making it a wall or a pathway, so that the stones remain visible and a person can point to “his” / “her” stone.


Get loads more SAFETY TIPS when you buy my KNOCK-OUT SAFETY TIPS! CD from my DIY SAFETY COOL TOOL™ range of products. More info available here.

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As always, I welcome your comments and feedback!

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