Misc. / Soapbox
Blaine A. Jackson (blainej@JUNO.COM)
Sun, 13 Apr 1997 12:06:13 -0500
I spent most of the day yesterday at our District Expo. I expected to be
relieved, but help never showed up. Two of my SA's were there, but were
pulling OA duty. I want to note three things I observed.
1. At every Expo (or similar) that I have attended, I have
observed a troop or pack setting up a COPE or challenge course type
activity. It is almost always the case that the activity is incomplete
or set up wrong. I have never seen one of these which actually
incorporated all of the appropriate safety rules and procedures. Usually
the risk is minimal, but I certainly would not want to answer to a parent
of a child who was hurt because of the insufficient safety procedures.
Yesterday, a troop built a Monkey Bridge; they did an excellent job.
BUT, I was amazed to see that the main 2 inch rope was attached at each
end only with 2-half hitches, and that only about 6 inches of rope was
left after tying the knot. Not only that, but the knot at one end was
tied around a large stake driven vertically into the ground, and the "X"
support was set up so that the rope was pulling straight up on the stake.
2. I walked over to the site of the Monkey Bridge to find the SM
tending to a scout who had cut his leg with a hand axe. The cut was
obscured by a small band aid the SM had stuck on the scout. I offered to
clean the wound and provide a larger bandage when I returned. I noted
that the SM was not using latex gloves, although the wound had bled a
lot, and it was impossible for the SM not to touch the blood. when I
inspected the wound later, I found a 1 1/2 inch cut entirely through the
skin, but no muscle. I cleaned it, cleaned the rest of the leg and put
on a larger bandage. I also told the SM that the scout should be take to
the ER for sutures. Apparently the SM was going to leave the bloody leg
with a 3/4 inch bandaid until the boy returned hom on Sunday.
3. Another troop had set up a First Aid display. When I went to
tour their site, I found that they had an extensife Moulage kit and lots
of fake blood. One of their scouts was tending a victim with a large
laceration on his lower leg. The victim and the scout caring for him
were both covered with blood. There were no latex gloves in site
anywhere. I asked the older scout who was giving the the tour about
gloves. His response was, "Oh, this is like he was on a backpacking trip
and would not have gloves." When I expressed surprise, I was told (very
seriously) that they would not carry gloves because it was really
necessary to "watch their weight" when backpacking.
Question: Are these items anyone else is concerned about? Am I too
sensitive to these matters? Should I get a job as an OSHA incpector?
Blaine Jackson, email@example.com
SM T-450, 1st SA Jambo T-1807
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