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Realities of Safety

Rod Sutton is editorial director of Construction Equipment magazine. He is in charge of editorial strategy and writes a monthly column for the magazine, The Sutton Report. He has more than 30 years in construction journalism, and has been with Construction Equipment since 2001.

TruTV and YouTube have given us almost unrestricted access to wacky behavior. But a couple of videos making the rounds this week should bring pause to anyone involved with equipment.

First, we have a young man using his firm's aerial work platform for a beer run.

Then we have a bus driver clearing a road obstruction.

In both, the operators presumed to use equipment to accomplish a seemingly innocuous task. In both, each put themselves and others in potential danger because they didn't think past the task at hand.

For those of us who have been around heavy equipment, the potential for disaster here is breathtaking.

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