Today at work I was asked to inventory the emergency deployment equipment that was stored in a large tow behind trailer. As I opened the rear ramp, I could see whomever last used the trailer or put supplies in it did so half assed. As we unloaded the trailer for inventory we discovered many pieces of equipment were broken and inoperable due to lack of consideration on the part of the last user. It took 5 hours for two of us to unload the trailer so that each item could be inventoried and put back in the trailer. After another two hours, we had 1/3 of the trailer’s contents were inventoried. With storm clouds on the western horizon, we put cardboard up between what was inventoried and what was not and loaded the trailer back up.
Just as we were locking the rear ramp the skies cut loose and soaked both of us, but it did feel good after working all day in 80°F temperatures with humidity in the high 90’s. We walked back to the officer where the manager asked us of our progress. I told him what was going on and showed him photos I had taken with my phone showing the disarray. I informed the manager of all the broken equipment items and said it would probably take another 8 hours to finish this trailer before we could start on the next two trailers.
The manager remarked that this must be why the person responsible for the trailers didn’t want anyone else to inventory them, because if someone did they would find the mess. I suggested to the manager that he might want to determine this unsatisfactory performance on the part of the equipment manager as these trailers have to be maintained in a state of readiness to react to any federal emergency in the Midwest.
This brings us to the thought for today:
You may be able to keep shoddy work performance in the dark for a while, but when it comes to light so will your lack of integrity. ~ ME