‘TWAS THE INJURY BEFORE CHRISTMAS
"Twas the night before Christmas and at the north pole was a busy little workshop with an enviable role. Making dolls and soldiers all manner of toys as the annual reward for good girls and boys. The elves were all busy and their stations direct. Making sure their positions were ergonomically correct. All guards were in place to avoid safety traps. Protective glasses were worn to avert flying scraps. The elves wore back braces to protect against strains and little hard hats to protect their small brains. When on the main floor there arose such a clatter all heads turned in time to see pieces shatter. The crash said it all, Santa thought with disdain. An accident in the shop meant an elf was in pain. Santa came through the door with a quick little burst and a "FIRST REPORT OF INJURY" for the elf who was hurt. "Now, what will happen? He nervously fretted WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS were what he most dreaded. A high E-MOD and the increased cost, And OSHA Inspection plus all the time lost! "We just can't afford it! A FINE, should we owe it, would spell out the end of Christmas as we know it!" Sticking out from some boxes away from the lights, were two short little legs clad in green, stretchy tights. The boxes were strewn under a once standing shelf. The curly-toe shoes proved it must be an elf! "Where should we take him?" They worried for the elf. "He need immediate care and can't drive himself." So they shipped him off in the stand-by sleigh to a North Pole Clinic, open six months a day. The second team reindeer of the non-flying kind, could earn a promotion with a new record time. On Pokey! On Lighting! On Limpy and Crash! On Sunshine! On Wheezer! On Crutches and Flash! They ran through the snow with their lips turning blue. If they failed to make it they soon will be glue. They finally arrived at Emergency Care Center. PROOF OF INSURANCE REQUIRED before they could enter. The Eskimo doctor applied all the salves ready to mend broken bones by fusing both halves. That wouldn't be needed! Managed Care said and the elf got some care before he could leave. His injuries did not require any specialized attention, but the bump in his cortex was worth a brief mention. Some ice and aspirin a brief break from the action. If he fallen from higher he'd need a surgeon... and traction! The elf returned to the job embarrassed by his gaff but with his butt in a sling you couldn't help but laugh. He soon would be making cherished Christmas booties but to get back on the swing they assigned him "LIGHT DUTY." A fresh new reminder, that you shouldn't climb on shelves, was a message not lost on impetuous elves. Santa called his agent without his usual smile. They jumped into action and OPENED A FILE. The reserves were set by the adjuster with care, in the hopes that a "FULL RELEASE" soon would be there. The elves returned to their shores more cautious; less hasty, with a new found awareness and more rules for safety! Santa's parting request, as he loaded his sleigh, "Let's not have a repeat of what happened today!" "You must be more careful and think before acting. Your health is more important, your work too exacting." As he tugged on the reins to start his annual flight, he said, "Be careful and safe, and to all, a good night."
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