Articles by Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

Checklist success: You don't want a pile of identical photocompies

April 1, 2014
The simple checklist has gotten a lot of press recently.


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Trolling for rule-breaking behavior

But are you missing root causes beneath the surface?
February 3, 2014
Once my sons and I went fishing with a guide on a chilly day in Florida. The fish were not biting because it was so cold, so the guide threw some “chum” into the water (something like candy for fish), to draw them in, so my young sons could score some catches.


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Be the Change - Nelson Mandela

December 18, 2013

I had been warmly welcomed to South Africa. We were there to work with a mining construction company who wanted to solve their safety challenge. The immensity of this challenge hit us on our day off while we dealt with our jet lag.


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Who runs the rule mill?

The best bet is when workers create the rules
November 4, 2013
Rules are designed to keep us safe and are made by well-meaning folks thinking through potential risks in the face of hazards.


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The fear “work-around” to get better reporting

October 28, 2013

The most effective individual in your company may be the employee safety committee member who has gained not only your trust but has done the miraculous job of bringing together the often-bickering functions of your organization. They can bring together union and management like my dear friend Tim Meier at Marathon Refining.


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Dangers of driving on autopilot

Snap out of it — develop your situational awareness
October 2, 2013
Autopilot is a nice little nuance of cognitive processing that allows us animals, especially humans, to plan, solve problems, or otherwise daydream while performing routine tasks.


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Thank someone for working safe?

“Absolutely!” says the Safety-Doc
August 1, 2013
I was in an industrial facility speaking with a mix of workers and managers trying to figure out why personal injuries kept cropping up with some regularity.


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“Safety Culture” needs a shave: Get talking

June 19, 2013

The term "Safety Culture" has become like the term "Engagement" in popular management writings. There is no common agreement on the term. We are left with (mis)interpretations of terms like “Safety Culture”, which lead to haphazard attempts at changing organizations toward improvement.


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Safety processes need constant reinforcement

June 7, 2013
Consider your safety process. Certainly your safety management systems such as your procedures, rules, reporting systems, inspections, hazard identification, safety training and the like act as a sort of foundation and structure that we hope will reduce hazards and associated risk


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Look for the Helpers

May 1, 2013

We wish the world would be more like a kid’s show instead of a place of violence such we saw in the needless bombing during the Boston Marathon.  Wholesome, nurturing, recreational events shouldn’t be the stage for tragedies happening right in our neighborhoods.


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