June 14, 2000
For many of you, the very fact that I am addressing this issue at all
will strike you as silly and unnecessary.
I felt that way myself about the idle talk over the last few years
regarding a "curse" on our employees who receive the Employee of the Month
However, it is becoming increasingly evident that valuable Aquirus employees
are concerned over such talk, whether it is true or not, so I've chosen to
to address you directly about it.
There is nothing more important to our success at Aquirus than keeping our employees living and healthy. Safety standards are of the highest importance to us, as you've probably gathered from our bi-weekly fire drills. After each on-the-job death, we investigate thoroughly to make certain that Aquirus is cleared of any liability and, just as importantly, that we do our utmost to prevent such tragedies from ever occuring again.
We have all been saddened by the unfortunate deaths of some of our co-workers and dear friends here. However, we must also recognize that in a corporation as large as Aquirus, as in life, these things will happen. And to believe, or even to consider, that there is some tragic, supernatural link between these tragic circumstances and our coveted Employee of the Month award is quite preposterous. Indeed, in the last 36 months Aquirus has had 32 different employees win this award and only 8 of them have passed away in that time, and only 5 of those while on the job.
However, perhaps instead of silly talk of curses, we can use these tragedies to honor those we have lost, by pledging ourselves to the highest standards of safety. Let's review some of the lessons we might take from recent events:
Clinton W. Fesko