Re: Misc. / Soapbox
Steve Cobb (scobb@VIVANET.COM)
Sun, 13 Apr 1997 17:49:46 GMT
you are right to be concerned. I carry an insulated mug on my pack that says
"Safety Starts Here" and that is what i teach my scouts. if something is worth
doing it is worth doing safely and right.
As for weight saving on a backpacking trip there is such a thing as going to
far. I will not drill holes in my tooth brush and i will not leave basic
precationary devises home.
In the past I have gotten in trouble with a parent of one of my scouts when I
said that I had thought alot about what I'd do if presented with a situation
involving blood and I had no gloves or other protection.
I said that it was a personal desision to try and save a life even at the
expense of my own rather then stand by and do nothing. BUT that I would not
risk it foolishly.
"i used to be an eagle"
SM troop 42, Orleans District
2nd ASM Jambo troop 516
Iroquois Trail Council,upstate New York
i'm looking for CSP's
The mind at best is an educational toy.
The trouble is everyone wants to play with your toys.
> 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
> An extinguished Bodacious Bobwhite
> A Proud Razorback & an Eagle farmer
> Non habeus malus, habeus equs
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