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Putting safety first

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Tom clearly remembered looking Herman in the eye and asking him never to move the big calculator from Sally's desk to his without switching the plug to the outlet behind his desk. But Herman was stubborn and lazy sometimes, and despite the request, Tom felt Herman would probably leave the cord stretched across the aisle, where it presented a serious hazard, the next time he borrowed the machine.

So while Tom was concerned to hear that Lisa had tripped on the cord and cracked her wrist, he couldn't say he was completely surprised. Once the commotion was over and Lisa was resting at home, however, Tom began to reconsider the situation. Had he been responsible? A part of him felt that he should have done more to prevent the accident. Was it Herman's fault? What else should he have said to Herman, or done? Why is it, he wondered, that safety issues don't seem very compelling until someone gets hurt?

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