Articles by Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

Why the nurse wouldn’t administer CPR

March 14, 2013
A mountain blizzard rages outside the windows, classes are cancelled at the university… being socked in for the day, one gets philosophical.


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Don’t Turn the Lights Out: Don’t Play the Blame Game

Understanding the safety risks of operating equipment
February 12, 2013
The oh-too-human drive to blame can turn out the lights on the real game at play.


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It takes thick skin

Resilient resolve handles complaints and ridicule
February 1, 2013
Some folks say that third-shifters are ornery; a cantankerous, unruly bunch who brave midnight shifts with skeleton crews.


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Trust beats irony – if you let it

January 9, 2013

A couple months back at my University a young man, a student, was found dead in the creek that runs through a small park on campus. Apparently, he had gotten intoxicated at a party, and then went to a bar with friends.  He ended up leaving the bar at 2 am and walked home alone.  He went to the park, slipped on some of the rocks surrounding the creek and was rendered unconscious in the water where he drowned.


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New Year’s resolutions for the EHS pro

January 2, 2013

The time of reflection on the old year is over. With the brand new year we look to the future with an eye on improving our selves and our impact on the world. For this new year, let’s consider some personal resolutions that focus on behaviors you, an EHS pro, could adopt to increase your effectiveness in helping build your team’s safety culture:


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Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 18, 2012

Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the shop
All the elves were busy working
Even Snap, Crackle, and Pop


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Incentives are the nuclear option

You may reach your objective, but at what cost?
November 14, 2012
I got this e-mail from a reader who had just read the October 31st PENCIL WHIPPING blog:


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Injuries are like getting shot in the back

And in many cases the cause is fear
October 31, 2012

The scene plays out in Western movies. The villain Jesse James, the most famous member of the James-Younger gang that terrorized the Minnesota area in the later 1800s, is shot in the back, defenseless, by a fellow member of his gang out to collect the bounty on James’ life.


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Don’t shrink from building a caring culture

October 5, 2012
I had been warmly welcomed to South Africa. We were there to work with a mining construction company that wanted to solve their safety challenge. The challenge was immense.


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Wyoming is growing carrots

October 3, 2012
Representative Tom Lubnau sponsored a bill, HB 89, which strengthened Wyoming OSHA’s “Courtesy Inspection” program.


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