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September 27, 2017

I recently attended a dinner with several colleagues in the safety profession. While in a conversation a colleague asked me a safety related question. Unfortunately I don't recall the specific question, but I do recall another colleague making a bold statement. It shou...

June 30, 2017

Safety professionals are tasked with many responsibilities including a reduction in injury frequency and costs, lowering of severity ratings and lost work day cases, post incident problem solving, etc. In tandem the establishment of a safety culture is often informally...

All l the great speakers were bad speakers once.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You’re the new operations manager and you have been asked to address the executive leadership team on last quarter’s safety performance and the strategy going forward. The meeting is next week and y...

April 7, 2017

For the second time in less than two years, I found myself unemployed. The first time was due to budget cuts, the second simply a lack of work. Actually, I prefer to think of myself as a “leader in transition.” I’m an occupational safety professional by trade. I worked...

February 1, 2017

We don’t like checklists, they are cumbersome, difficult to use and just get pencil whipped. Besides “I know my job, I’ve been doing it for 12 years.” Yet mistakes are still made that result in injuries and damages. People are getting hurt and the investigation report...

December 12, 2016

Kristina (My 11 year old daughter): “Dad, want to watch some TV?”

Me: “Sure! I’ll get the popcorn.”

Kristina: “I’ll see what’s on.”

Me: “Hey, it’s Thursday night. Want to watch a little footb…”

Kristina: “NOOO! The Wizard of Oz is on, let’s watch that.”

Me: “OK”. (Hey, if s...

November 11, 2016

I got my first safety lesson at the glass bottle factory where I worked after high school; the importance of wearing eye protection and staying hydrated in the summer months. The factory was hot even in the winter months! I also learned what hard work was like at 17 an...

February 16, 2016

Can the safety profession learn anything from a Navy Captain? Ahoy Mateys! You bet! In his book It's Your Ship, Captain D. Michael Abrashoff tells his story of turning around a low productivity, low energy, absent of passion and enthusiasm, just showing up to collect a...

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