• Steve and Melissa Burnett

Mr. Gadget


Good morning Monday. Wow seems like yesterday was Monday. This has been a fast week. I feel like I am on a roller coaster, ugh did I mention I have grown to hate roller coasters.

In my cartoons I often poke fun at the safety man or at my snowflake. In this one I decided to use both safety and the snowflake. I also know the term snowflake is not P.C. correct. So do not send me comments about it. I have gotten enough rejection letters in my life time about my cartoons not being P.C. correct or my cartoons are too southern based and/or redneck. You noticed I have modified my work to fit the narrative of the cartoon syndicates, haha. I always think, but I am from the south I am a redneck and basically I couldn't care less about your P.C. correct liberal "everything is beautiful" cartoon culture the syndicates want to promote. I believe people want to see real life and see that in humor. I also believe the vanilla cartoons the syndicates currently promote are boring and are a major contributor to the lack of an audience in newspapers. There I go again rambling off subject and to think I have not even taken my meds this morning. Ok I will hit my meds and get some coffee and try to get back on track.

This cartoon is based on a safety man we had offshore when I worked for Pennzoil in the late 70's until 95. He was fresh out of school and had never worked in any industry, yet he was in charge of instructing us how to work safely. He was always coming up with crazy stuff that he would "recommend" we wear while working. If we had adopted all the stupid stuff he "recommended" it would be like working in a bubble. We might have been safe but we would not even be able to work due the restrictions of all the extra crap we were wearing. Everybody referred to him as Mr. Gadget, and we found a great amount of amusement in seeing what he had for us on his visits.

It is no wonder a safety department could not gain any respect, when that is the best they have to offer. The field hands are only going to give, under the absolute best of circumstances, the amount of respect the safety department deserves. And I tell you when your safety department is a college kid that has never worked in the industry and he comes on location and expects to develop a safety culture of cooperation and mutual respect, it just ain't going to happen. Field hands have a highly sensitive, well tuned, set of built in BS monitors and we can tell in an instant if this guy has any credibility.

I always wondered why don't companies realize that the experts on operations, and that includes safety, are the field hands themselves. If you need a solution to a problem, ask the field hands you will be surprised how much they know and that includes how to work safely. The problem is companies are run by college graduates that have the mindset that they know the answers and how to do things. So us field hands set back and let them and are usually amused at the results. I have witnessed these genius college grads waste millions on solutions that have no chance of working. Had they just taken a few minutes and asked the field hands with experience on the project what they suggested they would have saved millions. But then again what do I know I am just a non P.C. redneck southerner, so go ahead and use a bubble as your PPE.

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