The motto on the clock cards, “Work with your eyes as well as with your hands,” is recommended to workers as a safeguard against accidents by John Arthur, one of the engineers’ representatives on the Accident Prevention Committee.
John is on a turning machine, but has done other work in the same department where he has worked for five years.
“The main thing is to use common-sense,” he says, “ and to work with your eyes’ in more senses than one. Machines in the engineers’ department are many and varied, some more intricate than others, but all need constant care. it is an essential to get to know your machine thoroughly, in order that you have a fairly accurate idea what is the matter if anything goes wrong.
“On the other hand, unless you are an expert at that particular machine, it is best to report the fault - at once - to the proper quarter than to deal with it yourself.
"There is always a mechanic who knows - or should know, after a little examination, exactly what to do, and, unless the operator knows that, too, to interfere with a fault is one road to an accident.”
John is always available for anyone who wants to talk about safety, or has an idea which might reduce the extremely few accidents at East Tilbury still further.