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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 should be noted this colleague is r...

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 assigned or expected. Ultimate...

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 you have 30 minutes…an eternity...

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 in the corporate offices of tw...

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 reads something like this “fail...

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 she wants to watch TV with me, I...

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