Articles by Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

Truth – The voice of frontline employees

July 22, 2014

What is truth when it comes to safety? The regulation-oriented data tells us a part of the story with respect to training, incident records, safety meetings, work orders, policies/procedures and the like. Observations add a bit more insight to what our people are actually doing when they are occasionally being watched/evaluated by others.


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President Truman and anger management in safety

July 15, 2014

Former U.S. president Harry Truman had a rule: any letters written in anger had to sit on his desk 24 hours before they could be mailed. If at the end of the “cooling off” period, he still felt the same sentiments, he would send the letter. By the end of his life, the letters that Truman never mailed filled a large desk drawer.


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Do you want the truth?

Listen to the voice of frontline employees
July 8, 2014

The regulation-oriented data tells us a part of the story with respect to training, incident records, safety meetings, work orders, policies/procedures and the like. Observations add a bit more insight to what our people are actually doing when they are occasionally being watched/evaluated by others.


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Personal Risk Assessment – Over-estimating personal capabilities

June 17, 2014

Way back in time I had the distinct opportunity to join a military service branch and go through the boot camp experience. “Young and stupid,” physical fitness at its peak, “10 feet tall and bullet proof” – all these and other attributes, like adrenaline and testosterone, made each of us raw recruits confident we could take on the world and come out unscathed.


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Medical technology is great – but preserve your “original equipment” body parts

June 10, 2014

The medical technology advancements that have occurred in the past few decades are nothing short of astounding. Many surgeries and treatments that used to require extensive hospital stays are now performed in a doctor’s office, and the patient is back at home within hours.  A few of the amazing medical applications include: scar removal through plastic surgery, titanium bone replacements, tape replacing sutures, and stents taking the place of vein removal and relocation.


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Not Again – How to resolve recurring injuries

May 27, 2014

Recently, a manager in one of our service organizations asked some questions about recurring injury trends.  The trends revealed a higher incident rate among newer employees and also an injury pattern around time of day. The manager understood how newer employees can have a higher injury frequency rate; however, he was intrigued by the other data.


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Economic demand – the impact on employee safety

May 7, 2014

It seems that workplace injuries are directly influenced by economic situations. As the price of raw materials increases, there is a natural tendency to take additional risks to produce more volume.  As the end of the calendar quarter approaches, there is added pressure to meet goals or deadlines.


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Personal risk tolerance – Confidence in technology

April 29, 2014

In recent years, there have been significant advances in technology that have helped reduce injury risk.  A few examples include:


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Personal risk assessment – complacency

April 23, 2014

Repetitive tasks exist in most workplaces and wherever they’re present, so too is a frustrating safety risk. It seems like the more we perform a particular task, the better we should be at it. I guess that is true for the first few times we do a task, but then our human minds have a tendency to wander.


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Safety Excellence: The six critical components

April 15, 2014
Dr. Dan Petersen was one of the great safety pioneers of the last 50 years.
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