Articles by Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

Coach first, then discipline

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

What would you prefer: The carrot or the stick? Punishment works and is frequently used in less mature safety programs as a reaction to some incident that hurt someone. 


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Lessons from mowing the lawn

Modeling safe behavior for your kids
By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

Mowing the lawn can be a real chore. It is certainly not something I look forward to. It's also a chore that can be quite hazardous. According to…SAFETY DATA.


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Money can't buy you sustainable safety

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

I agree with the premise that $$ only drives algorithmic (my word) tasks. Safety is not algorithmic... it is heuristic. We are asking for strategies and decisions, not just following directions, to get real results.


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Directing safety is not enough

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

Safety procedures, safety talks, signs and other instructions direct workers. But attempting to identify all behaviors needed to keep employees safe fail in the midst of a changing work environment of aging equipment, cost-cutting, and changes in processes and people. 


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When giving your leadership feedback...

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

Question: We would like to try and flesh out a 360-degree observation card (system) for our team leaders, and was curious as what pitfalls one should try and avoid?


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A message that kills cultures

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

I’m frankly tired of hearing the old Heinrich data from the 1930s that asserts, “88% of worker injuries are due to the worker’s unsafe act.” Firstly, it sends the “blame the worker” message that kills cultures.


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The most effective safety tool

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

Behavior is motivated by the consequences it produces especially when that consequence happens right after the behavior with high certainty.


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The community of culture

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.
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 I spent last week at the Behavioral Safety Now (BSN) Conference (www.behavioralsafetynow.com) where I was reminded of a simple fact: To change culture you have to rely on our culture.  


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Put your reputation on the line

Show safety’s value in time and money
By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.
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Do you value safety? Prove it with time and money. Put your reputation on the line. Then you will show results.


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After you've picked the low-hanging fruit...

Improving safety becomes more difficult
By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

What are two practices that characterize companies with the best safety records?


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