Make it Last

The Romans of the ancient past were masters at designing and creating. Many of their projects have withstood the test of time and are still with us today.

1110upthe Coloseum

By Matt Forck

The Romans of the ancient past were masters at designing and creating. Many of their projects have withstood the test of time and are still with us today. Examples of such great works would include the Coliseum, built by Titus in 80 A.D.; the Hippodrome, built for horse and chariot racing, and able to hold up to 250,000 people; the Pantheon; and the Forum. There are two trademarks of these buildings and of Roman architecture—columns and arches.

1110upthe Coloseum

The arches were both beautiful and an engineering marvel. The Romans were able to divert the enormous weight of the arch down to the arch’s foundation. During construction, wooden braces and scaffolding would hold the weight. After the keystone was finally placed in the arch, the support bracing could be removed. A tradition in Rome was to have the engineer in charge of the project stand under the arch as the bracing was removed. If the design was poor or if he failed in construction, he would be the first to know.

In life, we can learn a great lesson from the senior arch builders of Rome. They were the ones who stood under many an arch as the bracing was removed. They did so with confidence because they knew they had done it right—and it would hold. They took the time to design, foster and support what they were building.

Today, do you stand on your worksite or in your workspace knowing it’s free from hazards? Do you stand there with confidence knowing “nothing there can hurt you” because you have done the job right and taken the time to free the site of hazards? In making your area hazard-free, you are building a lasting habit for generations to admire.


About the author: Matt Forck, CSP & JLW, is a leading voice in safety. Matt keynotes conferences and consults industry on safety’s most urgent topics such as safety awareness, employee engagement and motivation, cultural alignment, accountability and leadership. To learn more about Matt, book a presentation or download FREE safety tools, go to www.thesafetysoul.org

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