Consider this before taking a chance with your safety
Between Christmas & New Year I was at a small shopping centre and a person who knew me in my previous role as an Advocate approached & asked if I could give him some money. After giving him some money, I enquired how his Christmas was. He replied it was good because he got something to eat.
This gentleman has an acquired brain injury as a direct result of a workplace injury. Prior to his injury he:
- Worked a regular job
- Had a network of friends & family
- Was independent with his living & finances
- Had dreams & plans for his future
After his accident, due to his injury he became addicted to alcohol & drugs, very difficult to live with & be around, as his behavior can be irrational. Over time his family & friends have deserted him. He now:
- Lives in a “supported hostel”
- Has an appointed financial administrator
- Has an appointed decision maker for all aspects of his life
I feel James & myself are lucky as our accidents took/restrict some of our body functions/movements but we can still function cognitively (I know some people may disagree).
Please consider the chances you take whilst on the job, or at home, because you do not have any control over the consequences of those actions.