Apparently my hub has some "safe work days." I learned yesterday that "safe work days" means something more along the lines of "days the paramedics were not called." Yesterday, my buddy in the trucks next to me somehow fractured his foot. I have no idea how he did this. To be brutally honest, I had some Costco sandwhich wraps before I came in, and they did not agree with my at the end of the night, which as many of you know, is usually the messiest. So, I rushed to restroom. My truck was clean, but my buddies trucks had packages all over the place and none of his "irregs" were loaded. Luckily, before ting my pants, I saw a supervisor and asked where he went. "He's hurt" is all he said. Well, when I was doing my business, I overheard him with my other supervisor talking about how my buddy "definitely had at least a fracture." I saw my buddy later that night and he said "See ya on Monday, and I can't talk about what happened." Fast-forward to today, he did in fact break his foot right in the center of his foot somehow. I thought maybe a finger, or a toe, but it was indeed the main bone of his foot. His girlfriend said in order for him to be properly taken care of with UPS issued health insurance, he has to take a drug test. He might pass one if they were multiple choice...but that is a different, though related topic. My QUESTION here is: What the hell is going on? Why was he told not to talk about it? Is it because the hub and the supervisors don't want to report the injury, bringing the "safe work day" count back down to zero, and somehow saving the hub's face in the eyes of auditors or whomever may need / should know about injuries? Could it be because they know about his drug use (weed) outside of work and don't want him to lose his job over a drug test? A mix of both perhaps? I for one would like to see this place a little safer, in REAL ways. We are constantly quized about safety and how to load and all of that, but when it comes down to it, most of that stuff is impossible to do all at once once the flow really picks up, and there are MANY more design flaws and inefficiencies that are far more dangerous to a person than what that person may do just doing their job. For instance, I once tried to raise my chute. I got it about halfway up compared to the other chutes, and the chute collapsed and crashed down. What I my hand was there? What if I was under it? Does anyone have any input? I realized long ago that my understanding of UPS's daily activities in their hubs was naive at best, but I can't fathom any single, good reason why a broken foot should be "covered up." Do you guys have any words of wisdom?