Mel, a roof mechanic, had worked for Guild Roofing for almost
three years and was known for being strong. In fact, Mel had had
some success as a defensive lineman on his high school's football
Although Mel never used proper lifting techniques, he was able
to lift and carry heavy materials all day. During Mel's first year
with Guild Roofing, some of his co-workers showed him how to
properly lift heavy bundles of shingles and other materials. Mel
politely listened but disregarded their advice. After all, Mel knew
he was strong and could effortlessly lift materials.
"What difference does it make?" Mel thought. "As long as I get
the work done,...
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