Lon: What’s this?
Abigail: It’s a memo about a safety inspection scheduled for next week.
Lon: A safety inspection? How are we ever going to pass a safety inspection?
Abigail: What do you mean? This isn’t an unsafe workplace. We’ve had a good record. None of our employees have had on-the-job injuries this year and we’ve never had a fatality. I don’t understand why you’re so worried.
Lon: From what I’ve heard, the inspectors don’t just look at injury rates. They look for the smallest hazard that may be remotely dangerous. If we get cited, we may be shut down.
Abigail: With all due respect, I don’t think that’s how it works. Yes, the inspector will look at our work environment and our gear and machinery to make sure there are no hazards or toxic substances.
Lon: That’s what I’m worried about.
Abigail: But, if they find a violation, we’ll get a chance to fix the problem. They won’t shut us down without giving us a chance to comply with their safety standards.
Lon: I sure hope you’re right.
Abigail: Me, too. We’ll know after next week’s inspection.
1. memo n. 备忘录，便笺
2. safety inspection 安检
3. unsafe a.不安全的
4. fatality n.死亡
5. hazard n.危害
6. remotely dangerous 间接危险的
7. cite v.传讯
8. shut down 停业，关门
9. all due respect 无意冒犯，冒昧地说
10. gear n.工具
11. toxic a.有毒的
12. violation n.违反
13. to comply 遵守
14. safety standards 安全标准