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A bad day in the Badlands

“Injured Hiker from Pennsylvania Rescued”
July 3, 2012
The June 8th headline comes from the Associated Press, and the injured hiker is me.


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The trouble with zero

Don’t keep score without strategic objectives
June 6, 2012
In the safety world, zero is the new name of the game. Have you heard of the Zero Injury Institute.com? Or slogans such as, “Target Zero,” and “We’re drilling toward zero.”


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He’s nobody’s safety model

Mr. “Dirty Jobs” debunks some safety myths
May 3, 2012
Is this any way for America’s number one blue-collar guy to talk


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Putting America back together

Few regulations required for assembly
April 2, 2012
That’s the essence of the message sent out in early March by the Business Roundtable, an elite institution of leaders of major U.S. companies with more than $6 trillion in annual revenues and more than 14 million employees.


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Prime Minister tees off on safety

Sometimes it’s better to not say anything
March 1, 2012
You might have missed this bizarre bit of news at the beginning of the year because it came from across the “pond,” in the United Kingdom. Prime Minister David Cameron issued a New Year’s resolution pledging, among other promises, to “kill off the health and safety culture for good.”


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Attack of the smiley faces

In defense of “defensive pessimism”
February 2, 2012
What’s with that perfectly round, candy yellow smile face with the black, blank eyes popping up on newsstands lately?


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Me and my footprint

Behaviors and attitudes about sustainability are hard to change
January 4, 2012
Brrriinnggg!!! rrriinnggg!!! “Hello? “Who’s calling? What’s that? The Society for a Sustainable Future?


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Corporations are not people

Sorry, Mitt, it’s not that simple
December 5, 2011
Last August while trolling for votes at the Iowa State Fair, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney created a little media stir when, egged on by an irate protestor, he said, “Corporations are people, too, my friend.” 


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Comforts of an aging EHS Nation

Bigger paychecks and longer titles
November 1, 2011
The first thing we noticed in this year’s annual White Paper EHS State of the Nation reader survey was age. 


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Safety confronts a leadership crisis

Fatalities, severe injuries & emotional health demand action
October 1, 2011
Distressing. Unacceptable. Mired in mediocrity. I’m paraphrasing, but that’s the essence of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) reaction last month to news from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that a total of 4,547 workers died on the job in 2010 compared with 4,551 from 2009. 


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