Routine tasks always need full attention

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Editorial: Sept. 13, 2013

TOPIC: Cautious approach always the best
Bad things can happen any day

Some things in life become so natural you feel you could do the task in your sleep.

Maybe you have performed the duties so many times you believe you can take steps out of the process and still get to the end result that you may be seeking.

There is a lesson to be learned in taking routine for granted.

A recent pair of tragic accidents have resulted in two deaths and the loss of limbs.

In what has been described as a “freak accident,” John Muir and his wife, Chong Muir, were found dead beneath a 2001 Chevrolet Impala at their home near Sonora in LaRue County.

The vehicle, officials said, fell off a jack twice, onto the husband first and then onto his wife.

And there is farmer Gary Rock, a LaRue County dairy farmer, who lost his legs in a self-propelled silage chopper.

Rock owns Rock Brothers Dairy Farm in Roanoke and his chopper apparently clogged. When he attempted to clear the jam, he was pulled into the chopper.

People change their own vehicle tires and oil every day. Farmers work on their own equipment, every day.

And there are not daily tragedies.

If we can offer any advice to those who work under vehicles or with farm equipment, or really in any aspect of life, it is to expect the unexpected and take every possible precaution to avoid a tragedy like the ones that happened to the Muir and Rock families.

It could be as simple as not putting on makeup or texting while driving. It could mean wearing safety glasses when working in the yard or heeding safety warnings in the directions when installing electronics.

And, today is Friday the 13th. Hopefully, none of you are in a panic and have a case of friggatriskaidekaphobia — the fear of Friday the 13th.

Please be careful out there and maintain attention to detail. It can be life changing.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise’s editorial board.