Articles by Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

Rich – Understanding what being rich means

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP
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On a recent assignment in the Middle East, I met some fascinating people from different cultures.


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May the juice be with you

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP
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The technical detail available to members of our profession has the potential to be suffocating — voluminous regulations


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Values – Strategies and safety excellence

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

Providing a published document that states the organization’s values is a common business practice for many companies. This values document, in turn, should lead to strategies that help establish a culture that lives and delivers these values. Many times, employee safety is a stated value. 


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Big Whoop – Safety excellence awards

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

Many private and public organizations publicize significant accomplishment of downstream safety measures, such as the reduction of injury rates. I am not fond of this recognition, but I do acknowledge that celebrating “an adequate number of injuries” seems to be a current weakness of our profession.


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Truth – The voice of frontline employees

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

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

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

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
By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

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

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

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

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

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

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

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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