I’m not really the safest or most cautious person on this earth, there’s no doubt about that. That’s why it’s so funny to me that I’ve been put in charge of my company’s safety program at large. Maybe it’s because we need one so badly, or maybe it’s because I’m just a sucker, but somehow I’m not the lead safety officer around here… and that scares me quite a bit. No matter how much I plan for, it seems like there is always a new safety issue to be worried about. Most recently, one tiny oversight resulted in a major safety issue for us all, one that I never could have foreseen. It all started when our AC unit decided it was done working properly last week, and started to produce warm air instead of cold. The air was unpleasantly hot and humid inside the entire building, and we were running fans from every corner to create a minor breeze. When we finally got the stupid cooling system to start functioning again, it came with a price. Rather than running as normal, it began to produce a ton of condensation along the side of the AC unit. This would normally be no big deal, except for the fact that our AC is situated directly above the bar room floor. This meant water was dripping consistently from the cooling equipment down onto our public space – and being a bar, you can imagine that having a cold, wet spot was less than ideal. One night into the AC drip, a patron slipped in the puddle and took a drastic fall. Now everyone is required to have routine HVAC maintenance as part of our safety protocol.