SAFETY WATCH – I CHOSE TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY

 

I could have saved a life that day, but I chose to look the other way.
It wasn’t that I didn’t care, I had the time and I was there.
But I didn’t want to seem a fool, or argue over a safety rule.

I knew he’d done the job before, if I pulled him up he might get sore.
The chances didn’t seem that bad, I’ve done the same, and he knew I had.
So I shook my head and walked on by, he knew the risks as well as I.

He took the chance, I closed my eye, and with that act I let him die,
I could have saved a life that day, but I chose to look the other way.

Now every time I see his wife, I know I should have saved his life.
I see his kids and feel so sad, they cry at night, they’ve lost their dad.
That guilt is something I must bear, but it isn’t something you need share.

If you see a risk that others take, that puts their health or life at stake.
A question asked or things you say, could help them live another day.
If you see a risk and walk away, I hope you never have to say

I could have saved a life that day, but I chose to look the other way.

Anon